Bottle Labeling - Craft Beer Required to Have Nutritional Facts

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Bottle Labeling - Craft Beer Required to Have Nutritional Facts

In recent bottle labeling news, it was announced that on December 1st of this year, craft breweries will be required to provide nutritional information on the beverages they produce if they desire to remain on the menu at brew pubs and chain restaurants having 20 or more locations, according to a recent article at Food Processing. The new regulations proposed by the FDA were initially scheduled to go into effect in December of last year, however craft brewers needed more time to comply. We understand consumers are becoming more demanding regarding ingredients in the foods and beverages they consume, and that they desire more transparency from companies. The issue here is cost, as small breweries claim that in order to analyze the nutritional value of each type of beer they sell, they would have to spend hundreds on each beer type. Ultimately, small craft breweries fear they would no longer be able to get "crafty" with seasonal beers because of the analyzing, testing, and labeling expenses involved. According to Fate Brewing Co. owner Mike Lawinski, craft brewers favor full disclosure and would have no problem listing ingredients, because it's what separates craft brewers from larger ones who often use high fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients. However, he says the real issue for small breweries comes down to cost. Hopefully small craft breweries will determine a cost-effective way to list nutritional information by the time the FDA's proposal goes into effect. Regardless of the information provided on labels for foods and beverages, Markem-Imaje is a trusted global provider of reliable coding and marking solutions for many industries. For PET, rigid plastic, cans, and glass often used in the beverage industry, our 9450S and SmartLase C350 make indelible marking one less think you have to worry about.

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