I have spent some time examining the documents from Nourish and EDLONG and have five of my own food trends for 2022.

Sustainable Living

We care about the environment as consumers and want to have a clear idea of what the food industry are doing within their own business about it.

Authentic and Transparent Brands

More and more often people who are purchasing something want to know more about the business that they are purchasing from and this is something that I feel will happen even more so in 2022.

They will want to know the story behind the business, but also they will want to know that the brand that they are purchasing from also aligns with their own personal values and beliefs.

Plant-based Food Options

The consumers at the moment are more concerned with the environment than ever before and will be seeking out more plant-based options, and food brands will need to get innovative with them so that they have an authentic taste.

More Home Grown Food

Consumers are becoming more aware of the need for sustainable living and are creating their own gardens so that they can have that fresh produce. However, this also filters into the food industry who they purchase from and that they are becoming more aware with locally produced products.

Growth in Food Products that Promote Gut Health

Consumers are becoming more understanding of their health, and more conscious of the food choices that they are making. And as result, this means that they are beginning to look deeper into gut health and how to achieve this. They will be looking at products that promote this and seeking out a deeper understanding of the food labels and what information this will be sharing.

These are just five food trends for 2022 that I predict, but I highly suggest you take the time to examine the documents from Nourish and EDLONG.

Something that I often hear from clients is that they can’t possibly create their own food labels themselves.

Well, you are more than capable in creating your own food labels for that business of yours.

Are you wanting to learn the basics of food labelling for your own food product business? YES!

Do you have the time to do your own food labelling? YES!

Do you want to do the food labelling yourself? YES!

Then you will want to complete the Food Label Basics Project in one day, and it will give you a really great overview of where to begin for everything and it will assist you in building your foundational knowledge when it comes to food labels.

You can definitely outsource your food labels to me if you don’t want to do them or have the time. And I will work alongside you to create them!

BUT labelling your food products doesn’t have to be in the too hard basket. Instead with my Food Label Basics Project we will take the stress and overwhelm, and everything you need to do will be in one easy to access place.

This is perfect for you if you:

  • Don’t know where to start with your food labels
  • Are overwhelmed by the government websites
  • Don’t know where or how to start the food label
  • Can’t decipher the food law jargon
  • Don’t understand what applies to your product
  • Feel like nobody tells you how to do it

Then, let’s get you started.

I will show you:

  • Where to start with your food labels
  • How to navigate the websites and reduce that overwhelm
  • Help you learn the jargon so it becomes like a second language to you

Not quite ready for the course, then my checklist might be perfect for you to start with!

Well, it is the Nutrition Information Panel that sits on your food label.

And it’s something that *whispers* you can do yourself. I can hear your jaw dropping right this moment.

But Roslyn, do I need a NIP on my food label?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but you do for most products. Standard 1.2.8 of the Food Standards Code says so.

It needs to show the average quantities of:

  • Energy in kilojoules
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Saturated fat
  • Carbohydrate
  • Sugars
  • Sodium

And it needs to show the food and serving in both 100g or 100mL.

Seems confusing? Well, it doesn’t have to be!

If this is something that is confusing you and you’re wondering how on earth you could even do it yourself, then join my waitlist, because I have something in the works that will help you, do it all yourself.

Tastebuddies Clean Labelling

“Clean label” food refers to food or drink products made from a small number of natural, wholesome, easily recognisable ingredients

Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, leading them to favour ‘natural’ foods over artificial alternatives!

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Tastebuddies Importance of Food Labels

5 Real-life Stories That Reveal How Important Your Food Labels Are

It’s exciting, right? You’ve been working on your amazing, brand-new food product idea and now you’re almost ready for it to hit the shelves. There’s just one small issue left to organise – the packaging.

After only a few minutes of research, you’re swirling in a soup of regulations. There’s what you have to put on the label. There’s what you can’t put on the label. There’s ‘use by dates’ and ‘countries of origin’ and more rules than you could squeeze into your cooking pot.
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Tastebuddies Oats & Gluten-Free Labelling

There has recently been so much controversy and discussion regarding oats and gluten-free labelling. In early 2021, while exhibiting at Naturally Good Expo, I was surprised to see some companies claiming that their oat products were ‘Gluten-Free’.  In Australia and New Zealand, the current Food Standards Code states that all oat products must declare gluten allergen.

So let’s talk about this and break down the science and Australian & NZ gluten-free food labelling laws (Oats & Gluten-Free Labelling).⠀

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Tastebuddies Statement of Ingredients VS Summary Statement

After several years of consultation, the Food Standards Code released the Updated PEAL Allergen Statements with new requirements for labelling allergens on February 25, 2021. One of the major changes implemented to the new standard is the allergen information in both the Ingredient Statements and also a mandatory Allergen Summary Statement.

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While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies or intolerances, in Australia and New Zealand there are 12 allergens that account for 90% of food allergic reactions.

Whenever these 12 allergens are present in food as ingredients or processing aids, or are from cross-contamination, they must be declared on the food label. Food labels help allergic consumers identify offending foods or ingredients making it easier to avoid them.

The Top 12 Allergens are:
1. Peanut
2. Treenuts
3. Gluten containing cereals
4. Egg
5. Milk
6. Sesame Seed
7. Fish
8. Crustacea
9. Mollusc
10. Soy
11. Lupin
12. Added Sulphites

PEAL Changes 2021

In February 2021, FSANZ made some changes to the list of allergens for Australia and New Zealand as part of the new Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) laws to differentiate some of the allergens.

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FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Labelling Allergen Labelling Proposal P1044

Food Standards (Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling) Variation is the latest update, from February 2021, to the food regulations for Australia & New Zealand. It will affect all food & drink products that require an allergen statement. Allergen information must to be declared in simple, plain English terms and in a specified format and location.

Businesses have 3 years to comply with the new requirements (February 2024) and have until February 2026 to sell out any remining old stock.

There are 4 documents that all food businesses, food technologists or quality assurance supervisors need to know and follow to change over their current allergen declarations and to make sure any new products are compliant.  These are the key regulatory resources which contain the specific details regarding Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) and all the information that is required to complete allergen labelling for all food and drink products.

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PEAL Tree Nuts

For Australia and New Zealand, there are 9 tree nuts specified in the Plain English Allergen Labelling Standard as allergens and they must be declared according to their individual nut name in both the Ingredient Statement and the allergen Summary Statement.

The 9 tree nuts are almond, Brazil nut, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pine nut, pistachio and walnut.

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