Food and beverage trends are evolving, along with what it means to be healthy. Current public health information is focusing on the types of fat, added sugars and other nutrients which should be shown on the new Nutrition Facts label. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also started the public process needed to redefine the term ‘healthy’ and how it can be used on food labels. Food and beverage manufacturers may soon need to reformulate products, update labels, and offer customers with more ‘healthier’ choices.
As discussed in a Press Release, “FDA to define ‘healthy’ for food labeling,” posted on ift.org, the FDA has decided to redefine the term ‘healthy’ to make it easier for consumers to make food choices that are aligned with public health recommendations. Douglas Balentine, the director at the Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition suggests it’s time to update the healthy label in accordance with today’s understanding of nutrition. Current public health recommendations are focused on the type of fat, for example, instead of the amount of fat. Sugars are also in the spotlight, as well as missing key vitamins like vitamin D and potassium. The FDA seeks public input about their new guidance document; however, suggests manufacturers can continue using the term under its current regulatory definition.
Prepare for FDA Changes, Customer Demands with ERP
Food and beverage manufacturers preparing for FDA changes will be able to navigate these changes more efficiently with the support of a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, like Microsoft Dynamics GP. This ERP platform is flexible and integrated, offering greater control and insight over core business processes including financials, inventory and supply chain, and finished products. You can maintain full traceability of products, manage real-time inventory in warehouses or distribution centers, and connect demand signals from sales to purchasing in order to reduce inventory costs and spoilage. Formulas can be managed within Microsoft Dynamics GP and you can be confident you have reliable data as you reformulate products, monitor quality assurance and control processes, and revise labeling in accordance with the evolving definition of ‘healthy.’
Changes are coming to the food and beverage industry and manufacturers will be better prepared by replacing outdated systems with modern ERP. Contact The Resource Group for more information about using Microsoft Dynamics GP to strengthen compliance with FDA guidelines, navigate changing customer demands and control profit margins in the process.
By The Resource Group, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner out of Washington