California was a buzz with food industry events last week. Between RFA (Refrigerated Foods Association), Southern California IFT Suppliers Night, and Natural Products Expo West; California was the place to be to see what is coming to the food space in the next year.
Third Wave Bioactives was a recent sponsor of the 5th annual Clean Label Conference outside of Chicago, IL which was put on by the Global Food Forums. It was well attended and provided good collaboration among food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers all looking to create or help provide clean label solutions.
There is no standard definition of Clean Label (much like natural but at an earlier stage) but in short, you can think of Clean Label foods as minimally processed, containing no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or anything else consumers cannot pronounce or don’t understand why it's in their food.