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The Details on How Nutritional Information Should be Determined

Posted by Steve Goll on Mon, Mar, 23, 2015 @ 15:03 PM

In the previous blogs of this series, we looked at the new FDA regulation about nutritional labeling for restaurant menus and what it means to the restaurant industry. In the first blog, we covered what the regulation stated, who it would affect, and some basic guidelines. The second blog focused a little more on the caloric content of different types of menu items and how they should be determined and listed. If you missed them you can find them here and here.

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Topics: steve goll, restaurant industry, menu nutritional labeling, restaurant nutrition labeling, menu labeling

Everything You Need To Know Before You Label - Part 2: Calorie Declaration

Posted by Steve Goll on Thu, Mar, 19, 2015 @ 17:03 PM

In our last blog, we discussed the new FDA regulation for the nutritional information of restaurant menu items: the regulation’s scope, interpretation, to whom it applied, and what types of food items are covered. We’ll continue this series of blogs with a look at the caloric declarations of different types of menu items. These menu items are not as straightforward as something like a hamburger or a pasta dish, which are considered “single serving” dishes (one serving for one customer). But what about items that serve more than one customer (i.e. multiple serving dishes)? Do dishes with options for various toppings, flavors, and ingredients have different requirements? How do buffets and salad bars fit into all this?

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Topics: restaurant industry, menu nutritional labeling, restaurant nutrition labeling, menu labeling, menu labeling laws

Everything Restaurants Need to Know about Menu Labeling - Part I

Posted by Steve Goll on Tue, Mar, 17, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

On December 1st, 2014, the FDA enacted a new regulation pertaining to the inclusion of nutritional information on food menus. This federal regulation preempts any state law that is not in complete concurrence with it. This is good news in that companies will only have to focus on one set of rules instead of two. The FDA has given a period of 1 year from the time the regulation took effect for establishments to get into compliance (December 1, 2015). We, at ABC Research Laboratories, are ready and willing to assist you in your goals to satisfy the requirements of this regulation by this deadline.

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Topics: restaurant industry, nutritional labeling, menu nutritional labeling, menu labeling, menu labeling laws

Women in Food Science and the Power of Mindset

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Mon, Mar, 16, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

We close our International Women's Day series with a mindset that is about as promising as it gets in terms of obtaining success, and it is said by our own, Lindsay McLeod, Quality Assurance Director at ABC Research Laboratories.





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Topics: food qa, women in leadership, women in science, food safety, food testing, international women's day,

Women in Food Science: That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Fri, Mar, 13, 2015 @ 21:03 PM

We continue our commemoration for International Women’s Day with a realization. Despite the obstacles overcame, the courage it took to address their solutions, and the perseverance required to accomplish them, at one point, all great leaders of their time experienced fear. It is an emotion so essential, but so limiting. In this part of our series, we would like to shine the spotlight on Heather Hart, our Research Microbiology Manager at ABC Research – and a quote she credits in becoming the person she now is. 




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Topics: women in leadership, women in science, food safety, food testing, international women's day,

No Time for Excuses; Perseverance Prevails

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Fri, Mar, 13, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

We began our International Women’s Day campaign with a promise of a week’s worth of commemoration. To think of the progress made by women on a historical level, we knew well in advance that a day wasn’t going to cut it. We attempted practicality by honing in on the progress made by women on an educational level, specifically in the sciences – but even then, the accounts of heroines both past and present proved too vast. We realize a week is a large compromise, even if only focusing on those leaders within our organization at ABC Research. However, we feel good knowing someone may walk away from this article with a little more spunk in their step. A little more confidence. A little more application toward their life and its whereabouts.Our intent is to inspire, and in holding up to that expectation, we proudly shine a light on Yuly Virviescas, another of our Business Development Directors, and her personal “live-by” quote. It’s a relatable one, and girl, is it applicable!


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Topics: women in leadership, women in science, food safety, food science, international women's day,

She Means Business - IWD & Food Science #MakeItHappen

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Wed, Mar, 11, 2015 @ 15:03 PM

We are in our third segment commemorating the week of International Women’s Day. “Make it happen” doesn’t start and end at science – a big part of any idea is its implementation. After all, what good is an idea if you don’t act on it? As best said by Simon Sinek, “What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail. Try again. Change the world.”

In addressing IWD’s 2015 theme, we also look to the women within ABC Research Laboratories who make it happen on the business side of things. Today, we would like to introduce Annie Hughes, one of our business development directors
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Topics: women in leadership, women in science, seafood safety, food safety rant, annie hughes, FDA detention resolution, international women's day,

All About that Work Culture - IWD & Food Science #MakeItHappen

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Mon, Mar, 09, 2015 @ 18:03 PM

I n the spirit of International Women’s Day, and its 2015 theme, #makeithappen, we continue our series commemorating the women of science at ABC Research Laboratories. Today, we would like to place the spotlight on  Janelle Peele , our Chief Culture Officer.

Janelle Peele, Chief Culture Officer

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." 

Janelle received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Florida, and today is our Chief Culture Officer at ABC Research. She ascended through ABC Research gaining experience in product performance as a food scientist and manager, as well as quality assurance prior to her current position in human resources. Of her many accomplishments, perhaps her most signature is the ability to see the business for its employees (retaining our most valuable asset) in ABC's people and its culture.  

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Topics: women in leadership, women in science, food testing, food science, international women's day,

International Women's Day & Food Science #MakeItHappen

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Sun, Mar, 08, 2015 @ 19:03 PM

International Women’s Day brings attention and reflection to the progress made historically by women everywhere – its intention is to celebrate the actions of ordinary women who have served or are serving pivotal roles in their communities through a level of courage and determination to persevere and prevail.

IWD is a time to uphold achievements and recognize challenges – in doing just that, ABC Research Laboratories wants to bring attention to IWD’s 2015 theme, “make it happen,” and specifically in favor for more women in science, engineering, and technology. We would like to commemorate the women here at ABC Research in aiding toward that vision, and so, for the remainder of this week, we will showcase the women who make each day possible here at ABC, and how our company culture plays a crucial role to their successes.

We owe a great deal of who we are as a company to leadership (evenly split men and women). Under Eric Graves, Gillian Dagan, Larry Clement, and Janelle Peele's leadership and passion, we have carved an environment based on equality and merit. It is thanks to ABC’s established vision and set of values, that this mentality has been a backbone to talent management throughout our company.

Ultimately, we want to contribute toward IWD’s mission by offering this and this week’s future blog entries as a resource for women everywhere, especially in the sciences, to be inspired, learn from others they can admire, and to be a part of the conversation. Here are some of the faces who have come to reinforce our company culture while maintaining a career in the vast field of food science.

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Topics: women in leadership, women in science, food safety, food testing, food science, international women's day,

10 Ways to Get the most out of Seafood Expo North America 2015

Posted by MarJanie Kinney on Wed, Mar, 04, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

Trade shows. Love them, or loathe them, there is no denying the power of opportunity walking that floor provides. The things to be seen and learned remind many of us why we do what we do, while keeping us abreast of the latest developments and innovations in our field. Every trade show experience is arguably unique, but at the end of the day, there are a few helpful tips you should keep in mind for any show. Here are the top ten must-do items and tips to maximize your time at any trade show, but more specifically, Seafood Expo North America 2015.

This is the largest seafood trade event in North America. It attracts over 20,000 buyers and suppliers of seafood products, equipment, and services. Attendees are from more than 100 countries – representing the fresh, frozen, packaged, and value-added seafood industries. These numbers make the Seafood Expo North America a leading trade event for seafood buyers in every market category – including retail, restaurant, catering, foodservice, and processing.

So while you’re walking the floor, keep these items in mind. Consider it your 2015 Seafood Tradeshow bucket list:

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Topics: seafood safety, about us, food trade shows, annie hughes, fda detained product, FDA detention resolution, boston seafood show, seafood expo north america, Marjanie Kinney

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