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✔ Antibiotic-free
✔ Organic
✔ Natural
✔ Local
✔ Free-range

Signs of the times
The latest menu and product claims point to changing consumer perceptions
of quality - from antibiotic-free meats to farmer workers' rights

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s the market continues to grow with innovative menu items and products that respond to
changing consumer needs, feel-good claims that resonate with the evolving expectations
are also expanding.
Foods with one or more "free-from" claim dominate today's supermarket aisles, and restaurant menus at all levels are rife with mission statements declaring a commitment to ingredient
transparency. Both regulated claims, like "organic" and "gluten-free," and unregulated marketing terms, like "natural," have become common.
To attract attention and boost consumer confidence, marketers are turning to new terms on
menus and labels that appeal to those who want to know more about their food - and who
want to make educated choices, quickly, that they may feel confident about.
"While both menus and product labels are impacted by government regulations, restaurants
are often more liberal in their call-outs as they are less likely to have them enforced and in
many cases print menus daily so they may focus on specific farm sourcing that a manufacturer
isn't able to guarantee," said Claire Conaghan, senior account manager for Chicago-based
Datassential.
Menu identifiers have become a selling point for restaurant diners, though there is some
concern such claims may deter non-allergic consumers from some items, Ms. Conaghan said.
"Callouts to allergens [on menus] including gluten-free (on 24% of menus), dairy-free, nutfree, etc., are still growing, but more and more restaurants seem to be preferring to ask customers on the front end about allergies so they can discuss options with them rather than
declare them on the menu," she said.

by Karen Weisberg
editor@sosland.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Culinology - June 2017

PRESIDENT'S letter -- An evolving industry
EMERGING trends -- Trends driving growth in specialty food
EMERGING trends -- Tapping the power of pulses
INGREDIENT trends -- RISING STARS among ancient grains
LABELING trends -- Signs of the times
EDITORIAL -- Shifting animal welfare perceptions driving change across supply chain
MEMBER profile -- HITTING the mark
MEMBER profile -- A new voice in food
EXPERT voices -- INSIGHTS from Industry Trendsetters
INDUSTRYNEWS -- Positioned for the future
INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA conference brings taste of Culinology to Puerto Rico
INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA stirred it up in Puerto Rico
INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA announces new officers
INDUSTRYNEWS -- Culinology awards honor industry leaders
PETITS fours -- Burger BOOM
PETITS fours -- Trends driving a category in transition
PETITS fours -- Plant-based trending? Think again, says NPD
PETITS fours -- Global savory snack market ripe for growth
PETITS fours -- How Tyson Tastemakers is changing the game
NEWS bites
Culinology - June 2017 - 1
Culinology - June 2017 - 2
Culinology - June 2017 - 3
Culinology - June 2017 - PRESIDENT'S letter -- An evolving industry
Culinology - June 2017 - 5
Culinology - June 2017 - EMERGING trends -- Trends driving growth in specialty food
Culinology - June 2017 - 7
Culinology - June 2017 - 8
Culinology - June 2017 - 9
Culinology - June 2017 - EMERGING trends -- Tapping the power of pulses
Culinology - June 2017 - 11
Culinology - June 2017 - INGREDIENT trends -- RISING STARS among ancient grains
Culinology - June 2017 - 13
Culinology - June 2017 - 14
Culinology - June 2017 - 15
Culinology - June 2017 - 16
Culinology - June 2017 - 17
Culinology - June 2017 - 18
Culinology - June 2017 - LABELING trends -- Signs of the times
Culinology - June 2017 - 20
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Culinology - June 2017 - 22
Culinology - June 2017 - 23
Culinology - June 2017 - 24
Culinology - June 2017 - EDITORIAL -- Shifting animal welfare perceptions driving change across supply chain
Culinology - June 2017 - MEMBER profile -- HITTING the mark
Culinology - June 2017 - 27
Culinology - June 2017 - MEMBER profile -- A new voice in food
Culinology - June 2017 - 29
Culinology - June 2017 - EXPERT voices -- INSIGHTS from Industry Trendsetters
Culinology - June 2017 - 31
Culinology - June 2017 - 32
Culinology - June 2017 - 33
Culinology - June 2017 - INDUSTRYNEWS -- Positioned for the future
Culinology - June 2017 - INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA conference brings taste of Culinology to Puerto Rico
Culinology - June 2017 - INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA stirred it up in Puerto Rico
Culinology - June 2017 - 37
Culinology - June 2017 - INDUSTRYNEWS -- RCA announces new officers
Culinology - June 2017 - 39
Culinology - June 2017 - INDUSTRYNEWS -- Culinology awards honor industry leaders
Culinology - June 2017 - 41
Culinology - June 2017 - 42
Culinology - June 2017 - 43
Culinology - June 2017 - PETITS fours -- Burger BOOM
Culinology - June 2017 - PETITS fours -- Plant-based trending? Think again, says NPD
Culinology - June 2017 - PETITS fours -- How Tyson Tastemakers is changing the game
Culinology - June 2017 - 47
Culinology - June 2017 - NEWS bites
Culinology - June 2017 - 49
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