Most of our food manufacturing clients are surprised at how simple the nutrition analysis process can be. Often they expect to have to ship us a sample of their food. We love it when they do, but it’s not required to complete product nutrition labeling. At On The Menu we perform computer database nutrition analysis, rather than lab analysis. We simplify the process for you with six simple steps. In return you will receive a FDA compliant Nutrition Facts label, ingredient statement and allergen declaration.
1. Standardize Your Recipes
Define your recipes to exact standards. List ingredients using descriptive words such as, “fresh basil,” “large egg,” “unsalted butter,” “raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast,” etc. Provide a measurement for each ingredient, usually by weight (i.e. grams, ounces, pounds), but volume (i.e. , fl. oz., teaspoons, cups) and household measurements (i.e., slice, each, package, piece) are acceptable too. Provide the total servings per recipe. In some food products we may need the before cooking and after cooking weight, so we can determine the yield. Providing the necessary details ensures an accurate nutrition analysis.
2. Collect Nutrition Facts Labels
In most cases it’s not necessary to provide us with Nutrition Facts labels for your ingredients, as we have a huge data base of ingredients. However, if you have ingredients that are unique, unusual, or a brand we don’t have in our database, then you’ll need to provide us with this information. Typically we first review your recipe and notify you of any ingredients whose nutrition information we need.
3. Collect Ingredient Statements
In order to complete a FDA compliant ingredient statement and allergen declaration, we need to know all the sub-ingredients of your ingredients. Even simple ingredients like butter can have added ingredients, such as salt and Annatto (for color). We will need ingredient statements for all ingredients in your recipe. The exception are single-ingredient items, such as spices (unless it’s a spice mix), sugar, unprocessed produce or meats, etc.
4. Determine Serving Size
Most often a serving size is based on a reference weight determined by the FDA for products in your category. However, there are a few other factors to consider when determining a serving size. For example, it’s logical to make a whole cookie or bar a serving size, which may or may not correspond to the FDA reference weight. We also take into account the total weight of your packaged product, as it’s best to have an even number of servings per container. Often we recommend looking at competitors’ serving sizes. In any case, we can help you determine a sensible serving size.
5. Determine Servings Per Container
We will need to know the total weight of your packaged product. With this information and a determined serving size we can calculate the servings per container.
6. Determine Label Format
While most people use a standard Nutrition Facts label on their packaging, there are several formats to choose from. The label you choose may be based on your package design, the type of product, the nutrients in your product, how it’s packaged and in what geographical location. If you’re curious about the label options available, we can help you determine which one is best for your needs.
On The Menu can assist you with all of your nutrition consulting needs
At On The Menu, we strive to make the process fast and simple for you. It’s important to us that you’re 100 percent satisfied with your analysis. Nutrition facts labels, ingredient statements and allergen identification are our expertise…leave it in our hands to get the job done.
Call us today at 303.757.1333 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we’d love to hear from you.