Monday, October 28, 2013

Calculate your nutrition claims with beCPG

Nutrition claims are a great way to highlight its products. However, these claims are governed by strict regulations.

For example:
  • LOW ENERGY : the product does not contain more than 40 kcal (170 kJ)/100 g for solids or more than 20 kcal (80 kJ)/100 ml for liquids
  • ENERGY-FREE : the product does not contain more than 4 kcal (17 kJ)/100 ml
  • SUGARS-FREE : the product contains no more than 0,5 g of sugars per 100 g or 100 ml
  • SODIUM-FREE or SALT-FREE : the product contains no more than 0,005 g of sodium, or the equivalent value for salt, per 100 g

There are many claims and their verification is tedious so it is interesting to check automatically them, especially when recipes are changing!

Therefore beCPG software manages claims of products and automatically calculates them. Depending on the recipe of the product and its characteristics, beCPG displays authorized claims.

In beCPG, you can:
  • choose claims that are relevant to your products,
  • set up your own claims,
  • write your rules and criteria (eg I want to create two claims full fruit sorbet, ice cream).

Here are some sites about the regulation of claims:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ingredient labeling for food products

This September 2013, beCPG improved its labeling module making it more configurable.

If you encounter these issues when calculating the list of ingredients:

  • Your clients have specific labeling rules
  • You want to highlight some ingredients and mask other ones
  • You want to anticipate the INCO regulation

beCPG software can help you by automatically calculating the list of ingredients for your products.

beCPG allows multiple labeling formats set:

The module allows the addition of labeling rules to automatically rework the labeling of products, for example :
  • Formatting rules to display the percentages, to underline or highlight one or several ingredients
  • Aggregation of ingredients (I declare "cooking salt" and "table salt" as "salt")
  • Combining some ingredients (I combine the ingredients "water" and "milk powder" in some proportions and I declare them as "milk reconstituted")
  • I rename the ingredient "wheat flour" to "flour"
  • I declare the ingredient "pectin" as "gelling agent" or "thickening agent"
  • Combining products to declare them as a layer (I combine a "sauce" and "pistachio" and I declare them as a layer)
  • The ability to omit some ingredients according to their quantity (eg: water) and their properties (eg: processing aids)
  • Detail or Not detail some composite raw materials

In addition, manual rewrite of label is possible (partially or totally)
Finally, beCPG manages natively the creation of labels in multiple languages​​.

Below, you will find some links that explain food labeling: