Country of Origin

You may have already started to see the new Country of Origin Food Labelling (I’m going to call this CoOL from now on…) little logos on many items in the supermarket.

However, Inside FMCG has reported that many businesses may face are fines as their labels are unlikely to meet the deadline. They reported “It’s the small-to-medium-sized businesses that are falling behind because they either don’t have the resources available or don’t have a proper understanding of the requirements under the new laws.”

OK… small food businesses…..lets tick this off the to-do list.

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Added sugars – sweet claims?

Sugar has many names, many disguises.  It is important to be able to read and understand the ingredients of your products when making a sugar claim. Sugar can be hiding in a raw material that you weren’t even aware of.

No Added Sugar has become a popular claim on food products to satisfy the needs of consumers who have quit sugar, on a low carb or Ketogenic diet.

When can I claim No Added Sugar?

FSANZ outlines you can only claim No Added Sugar when the food contains:

  • no added sugars*, honey, malt, or malt extracts

or the

  • food contains no added concentrated fruit juice or deionised fruit juice.

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Food Regulation – what does this mean?

Today I spoke to a new client who has been busy developing her product for the last 2 years. A food consultant has assisted her, she has a contract packer ready to make her food product and is now ready to sit down with her designer to create the labels.

As she was explaining her call for help, the anguish she has been through and the product development roller coaster she had been riding, she became teary and sounded down right exhausted. The overwhelm of the process had taken its toll.

And one of the things that she said stuck in my mind. She told me that only last week she discovered that Food Standards Code existed.

She felt like such a fool to spend 2 years developing a product and not know about the food regulations and food laws to comply to.

I realised that there must be many more food entrepreneurs and food startups in the same situation.

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Welcome

Welcome to our updated website and blog.

I’m a passionate food technologist, nutritionist and a creator of new food products.

My happy place is my kitchen.

My pre-kids working life was brainstorming ideas with marketing teams, creating new food concepts, upscaling kitchen bench ideas and working odd hours in food factories trialing 200kg batches of our new products. I’ve been covered in mayonnaise from burst pipes, washed and spun dry thousands of salad leaves, made the longest, multi-flavoured-multi-coloured killer python ever and created flavour libraries from sweet juicy mango to rich, dark chocolate flavours.

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