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The Future of Food Labelling and Regulations: 2019

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What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key points included

  • Expect more attention to calorie labelling
  • Nutritional labelling becomes an expectation
  • Regulatory bodies aim to prevent dietary disease

What you need to know

The big stories

The rising prevalence of dietary-related disease (such as obesity) is driving health departments across the globe to pressure the food industry to take a more proactive role in supporting the health of their consumers. Regulatory bodies are putting measures in place to help protect consumers from food and drink that may negatively impact health.

In the next two years

Regulatory bodies are striving to protect vulnerable people such as the elderly through tighter control of the manufacture and marketing of products targeting people. Planetary health is set to become as important as human health, and in regions like APAC, regulators are starting to crack down on misleading claims on food and drink.

In five years and beyond

Online platforms such as blockchain or mobile device apps are set to become increasingly important channels for communicating information about food and drink to consumers. Expect greater attention to the role processed foods play in health, as regulatory bodies consider even stricter regulations for food and drink additives.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Emma Schofield, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

According to The World Health Organization (WHO): 'Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. Emma Schofield
Global Food Science Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. the big stories

    • Expect more attention to calorie labelling
    • Nutritional labelling becomes an expectation
    • Regulatory bodies aim to prevent dietary disease
  2. in the next two years

    • Regulators aim to protect vulnerable cohorts
    • Labels to help align planetary and human health
    • Labelling transparency moves to new levels
    • [Graph] Global: percentage of food and drink launches that feature a GMO claim, by region, 2014-18
  3. In five years and beyond

    • [Graph] US: 'Which of the following do you do when shopping for food and beverages on larger shopping trips?', % of consumers who agree, by age and gender, Sep 2018