The Food and Drug Administration has proposed changes regarding the nutrition labeling of foods. Elements of the proposal, if implemented, create multiple technical challenges to the way ice creams and related products are formulated, made, marketed, distributed and sold.
Proposed changes to the nutrition facts panel are both visual (emphasis on specific nutrients that reflect desirable dietary objectives; font size; reporting of multiple servings per container; etc.) and analytical (new/updated nutrient definitions; modifications of select daily values; etc.). Beyond these are considerations that challenge the basic nature and appeal of the products we make. These include composition, formulation, ingredient selection, manufacturing, resistance to heat shock and other characteristics reflective of desirable sensory appeal.