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Thea Bourianne

Thea Bourianne, MBA, RD, LDN is a licensed and registered dietitian based in Chicago. Specializing in nutrition, US and international food regulation, and food composition makes her uniquely positioned to work strategically with global CPG and retail clients to build data-driven, customer-centric solutions. In her current role at Label Insight, a SaaS company that provides insights on food label data, Bourianne supports retailers, CPG brands, US government, technology companies, researchers, and other entities by crafting and applying high order attribution to products in-store and online. Bourianne is passionate about safe, transparent, sustainable, wholesome products and strides for best-in-class customer experiences to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Prior to working at Label Insight, Bourianne’s previous positions have included product development, commercialization, fresh and frozen food manufacturing, and regulatory affairs with companies and clients such as Taco Bell Corp., Wilton Brands, Starbucks, Ahold, Walgreens and 7-Eleven, among others.

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Sesame Is On The Way To Becoming The 9th Big Allergen Requiring Disclosure

According to Healthline, more than 1.5 million Americans may have a sesame allergy with 1.1 million children and adults diagnosed with one.

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Navigate the Lasting Impacts of COVID-19 to Boost Product Discoverability and Consumer Trust

As COVID-19 cases rise again, it’s clear there will be a lasting impact on the way consumers grocery shop online. According to a survey through IRi, 35% of consumers are proactively taking care of their physical and emotional health more now versus before COVID-19. For CPG brands and retailers, there is an immense opportunity to capitalize on the demands of these consumers and provide product transparency, not only increasing e-commerce product discoverability and revenue, but also encouraging customer loyalty and trust in a time of uncertainty. 

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Product Data Management  |  USDA  |  regulation

Food Data Central

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is globally recognized as being at the forefront of food composition analysis for decades. This week they launched their latest compositional analysis tool - FoodData Central - bringing the USDA and the research community closer toward unlocking data unification at the federal level with reference to food and beverage composition databases.

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Nutrition Fact Panel  |  Product Data Management

Growing New Nutrition Label Adoption

With the first quarter of 2019 coming to a close, we are less than one year away from the compliance date for large manufacturers to implement the revisions of the nutrition and supplement facts labels.  "Label Insight’s database showed 45,691 active products have adopted the new nutrition label on the packaging,"  Thea Bourianne, Label Insight Solutions Consultant, MBA, RD, LDN The changes to the nutrition facts panel is significant for a number of reasons, but most importantly, it increases the transparency and understanding of nutrients like calories and serving sizes. The new nutrition facts label (NFL) has an updated look with a larger font for calories to improve awareness and emphasis on the calories foods contain. 

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Government  |  industry news

Bioengineered is the new GMO: What the USDA's new standards mean for manufacturers

The day has finally come since the Vermont GMO (genetically modified organisms) labeling law was overturned back in July 2016. The USDA National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard final rule was pre-published yesterday on federalregister.gov. While many aspects of the Vermont law were carried over into the federal rule, there are some noteworthy new additions, such as the foods that are subject to disclosure and new options for disclosure for manufacturers.

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DataBite  |  industry news

Data Bite: Sesame is a potential new major allergen

In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about the concern of growing sesame allergies in the U.S. Today in the U.S, sesame is not one of the “Big 8” food allergens which include egg, fish, milk, peanut, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat – which currently require labeling. Sesame is, however, a major food allergen in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all member countries of the United Kingdom and the European Union, and therefore require explicit labeling of sesame in products sold there.

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DataBite

Data Bite: Why you shouldn't eat romaine lettuce (again)

You might've thought you were in the clear to eat romaine lettuce after the scare this past summer. Nope – scratch salad off the list of dishes you're planning to serve, or to bring if you're the guest. Here's why.

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DataBite: Why Our Love for “Pumpkin Spice Everything” Won’t Fade

Temperatures have started to cool, school is back in session, and Halloween candy is already being prominently displayed. You know what that means -- pumpkin spice season is upon us. In fact, Starbucks has already started selling its much-anticipated Pumpkin Spice Latte. Fans of the popular drink are thrilled they didn’t have to wait until September to get their “PSL fix.”

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Trendspotting the 4 Cs: collagen, coconut, chickpeas & cauliflower

These 4 Cs aren’t for carats, but regardless of cut or color, their benefits will give you clarity. What are the 4 C’s? Earlier this year, Label Insight attended Natural Products Expo West with a group of trendspotters on the hunt for what we should expect to see in the coming months and year. Topping the list of trends we saw were the “4 Cs”: collagen, coconut, chickpeas, and cauliflower.

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Trends & Research

Trendspotting: Spotlight on Quark

What is Quark? In March I was honored to speak at the Clean Label Conference in Itasca, Illinois on clean label ingredient trends. There I met Craig Sherwin who is the Technical Service Manager for Novozymes North America, a Dutch ingredient company. Craig was promoting an alternative to the conventional yeast-based lactase used in lactose-free dairy. He mentioned this being applied to a variety of dairy products, including a traditional Germanic product called “Quark”. Somewhere between the texture of a thick yogurt and ricotta cheese, quark is a creamy, cultured milk product that can be used in sweet and savory dishes, or eaten plain.

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