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Global Food Forums’ Clean Label Website

Global Food Forums’ Clean Label website was founded and is managed by food-industry professionals who have provided product developers with formulation advice for more than 25 years. Our Clean Label website supports food formulators by offering impartial, expert advice on developing natural, simply labeled foods and beverages. Available information includes emerging ingredient technologies, consumer trends, nutrition, regulatory updates, ingredient substitution for conventional products, and more.

We hope you’ll take the time to explore our Clean Label website. Let us know how we can meet your needs.

Claudia O’Donnell, Co-Owner & Peter Havens, Co-Owner

  • Global Food Forums’ in-person 2023 Clean Label Conference is scheduled for May 23-24, 2023 at the Westin NW Hotel, Itasca, Illinois (a northwest suburb of Chicago). This food science and applications-oriented, in-person event provides practical information for food scientists & product developers. Topics include impartial formulation advice on all natural, simply labeled, plant-based and reduced-sugar/reduced-salt foods and beverages.
  • Check out Global Food Forums’ Webinar Library offering ingredient application and food product development-based webinars on clean label, proteins and sugar reduction/sweeteners.
  • The Clean Label Magazine website offers dozens of downloadable technical publications on clean label, proteins and sugar reduction/sweetener systems.
  • Check out several expert speaker Video presentations on clean label topics, including those focused on proteins and sweeteners.
  • Investigate hundreds of articles on Clean Label Food Science, Key Consumer Trends, New Product Introductions and past conference presentations in our Articles and R&D Academy sections below.
  • Click here to see past Clean Label Conference programs and speakers.
  • Please also visit our Protein Trends & Technologies and Sweetener Systems websites.
2022 Clean Label Post Conference Magazine

2022 Clean Label Post Conference Magazine

In May 2022, Global Food Forums held its first in-person Clean Label Conference since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic. This publication, the 2022 Clean Label Post Conference Magazine, is based on presentations from that event. Clean label products have short...

Clean Ways to Deal with Challenging Flavors  [Presentation]

Clean Ways to Deal with Challenging Flavors [Presentation]

Abstract: In most cases, flavor is the primary determinant of consumers’ enjoyment and, ultimately, acceptance of food. Going to great lengths to create food products with desirable flavor attributes, companies often achieved this by the judicious use of natural...

Clean Label Sodium Reduction [Presentation]

Clean Label Sodium Reduction [Presentation]

Abstract: Clean label taste modulation is a growing field. It involves changing and adjusting basic taste perceptions with plant-based or other ingredients considered clean label by consumers. This presentation begins with a look at sodium reduction using taste...

A Food Scientist’s Role in Sustainable Food Systems

A Food Scientist’s Role in Sustainable Food Systems

A fascinating approach to food scientists’ role in advancing clean label products was presented as part of the Applications Panel at Global Food Forums’ 2022 Clean Label Conference by Jonathan Gordon, Ph.D., President, Glasgow Growth Partners, LLC. In his...

Sodium Reduction Using Taste Modulation

Sodium Reduction Using Taste Modulation

Sodium Reduction Using Taste Modulation When the quest for health combines with a pursuit of clean labels, the resulting formulation challenge means both emerging and underutilized traditional solutions should be considered. Alex Woo, Ph.D., CEO, W2O Food Innovation,...

Communicating Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Communicating Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Thought-provoking comments on the use of “super labels” for communicating corporate sustainability efforts and metrics that arise from tools such as environmental life cycle assessment (E-LCA) were the basis of a presentation by Sean B. Cash, Ph.D., Bergstrom...

[Ingredient] A Versatile Clean Label Texturizer

[Ingredient] A Versatile Clean Label Texturizer

February 23, 2021 — Product developers searching for a versatile clean label texturizer that meets consumer expectations for an all-natural, plant-based, sustainable ingredient have a new option from which to choose. Avebe’s Etenia™, made from potato, offers...

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