The Standard Nutrition Facts Label is the most commonly used label format on packaged foods in the United States, and we recommend that you use this format whenever possible. However, there may be times when you may choose to (or be required to) use a different format, such as a Dual-Column Label.
Food manufacturers may voluntarily use a dual column label to display nutrition information for:
- food that requires further preparation (such as dry cake mixes or dry pasta products)
- food that is commonly combined with other ingredients (such as cereal plus milk)
Food manufacturers must use a dual-column label for containers that have between 2 and 3 servings in them, and show nutrition information for a single serving and per the whole container.
Example 1: as packaged and as prepared - Pancakes
If your product requires further preparation, you may voluntarily display nutrition information for “as packed” and “as prepared” using a Dual-Column label. Note that the analysis for one serving of the product as purchased is shown first.
Example 2: Common Combinations - Cereal and Creal with Milk
If your product is commonly combined with another food, you may voluntarily display nutrition information for the product “as purchased” and “as prepared” using a Dual-Column label.
In this example, the product is typically eaten with another food, note here again that the product information as purchased is shown first.
Tutorial: Creating a Dual Column Label for As Packaged/As Prepared
In Genesis R&D the creation of Dual Column labels for different forms of a food is a function of the Advanced Labels feature. This tutorial shows you how to take two Recipes to generate a Dual Column Nutrition Facts label for as package/as prepared products.
Example 3: 2-3 servings per container - Carbonated Beverage
Packages that have between 2 and 3 servings are required to use the Dual Column label to show nutrition information for a single serving and per the whole container.
Tutorial: Creating a Dual Column Label for Packages Containing 200-300% of the RACC
This tutorial will show you how to use the Label Settings in Genesis R&D Foods to create a Dual-Column label from a single Recipe.