Friday, March 20, 2009

Industry Analysis - Solar Energy

These are links, information, and resources pertaining to the solar energy industry.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2009-03-20
Revised: 2010-04-15

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Solar Energy Industry NAICS Code: 333414 SIC Code: 3433

Solar Energy/Solar Panels
Solar Energy Industry Analysis (SBDCNet)
US Department of Energy (DOE)
Solar Energy Technologies Program (DOE)
Solar Energy Association List
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
Google Search: "solar energy industry analysis"
Google Search: "solar panel industry"
Google Search: "solar panel business"
Google Search: solar energy government regulation

Other Information and Related Sites
gstriatum.com Solar Energy Website

Friday, March 06, 2009

Marketing My Business - Nutritional Labeling

Information, topics, and links related to your business's nutritional labeling strategy.

Published By: Alan L. McConnell, Food Industry Specialist (PennTAP)
Publish Date: 2009-01-01
Revised By: Knowledgeman
Revision Date: 2014-07-10

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Nutritional Labeling Facts Regulations

Nutrition Labeling Options
First, please understand that you are not required to have Nutrition Facts on your product until you produce more than 100,000 units of product (same recipe) in a year. If you produce less than 10,000 units in a year, you don’t need Nutrition Facts, and you don’t need to tell anyone that you aren’t putting it on. If you produce between 10,000 units and 100,000 units in a year, then you still are not required to have Nutrition Facts; but you must notify the FDA once per year stating that you are exempt and that you are not going to put nutrition information on your label. The annual exemption notification to the FDA may be completed online.

So, unless Nutrition Facts is important to your customers, you may decide to skip that for now. Or, you may simply want to put Nutrition Facts on your sales sheets or other promotional literature – it’s your choice. Note, however, that you cannot make any “nutrition-related” claims on the label or in your sales literature unless you include the full Nutrition Facts label on the product.

There are three ways to get a Nutrition Facts label for a food product; all three are totally acceptable to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA):

Laboratory Analysis
Receive an actual lab analysis of your finished product. This will cost between $450 and $650 per product, depending on the lab. You can find a listing of Pennsylvania testing laboratories and other states as well, here: http://www.pafoodventures.psu.edu/labs.html.

Database Analysis
The second way to get a label is by having someone do a “database analysis” from your recipe. Fees for that service range from about $50 to $350, again depending upon the company. Here is a link to a list of many food consultanting companies that will do database analysis: http://www.cooltoad.com/links/show.php?c=186126&PHPSESSID=4f. Below are three consultants that I have dealt with personally in the past:

Wendy Hess, R.D., C.D.E.
115 Charlotte Street
Burlington VT 05401
Phone: (802)-863-3033
Fax: (802)-658-6376
Email: info@nutrient-analysis.com
Website: http://www.nutrient-analysis.com/index.html
Client List
Sample Analysis
Fee Schedule

Wendy’s fee is about $80 per label. With that, she will give you a “photo ready” Nutrition Facts panel and/or the electronic file for printing from your computer or your label printer’s equipment. She will also provide alternative formats for the Nutrition Facts label if needed, at no extra charge. She will provide you with a “Non-Disclosure Agreement” stating that she will not use, share, or sell your recipe. Wendy also does nutrition consulting for an hourly, or project-based, fee.

Tom Lonczynski (pronounced lawn zin ski)
PO Box 1151
Conyngham PA 18219
Phone: (570) 233-0551
Fax: (570) 454-1399
Email: tclonczy@ptd.net

Tom’s fee is about $50 per label, and he may discount multiple labels at the same time, depending upon their complexity. Tom will give you a “photo ready” Nutrition Facts panel and/or the electronic file for printing from your computer or your label printer’s equipment. He will also provide alternative formats for the Nutrition Facts label if needed. Tom will provide you with a “Non-Disclosure Agreement” or will gladly sign one that you provide. Check with Tom about his turn-around time, he may not be able to meet your requirements depending upon how quickly you need the information.

Concept Nutrition, Inc.
Lauren Swann, RD
4201 Neshaminy Blvd. PMB #206
Bensalem PA 19020-1609
Phone: (215) 639-1203
Fax: (215) 604-0156
Email: laurenswann@comcast.net or info@foodfactswork.com
Website: http://www.foodfactswork.com

Lauren does a full range of nutrition labeling and consulting and will provide a properly formatted Nutrition Facts panel. Inquire for pricing.

Anyone developing a Nutrition label from database values will require the full recipe; the accuracy of the label depends upon you providing them with an accurate and complete recipe. Recipe quantities should, ideally, be in terms of weight (pounds, ounces or grams) rather than volumetric measurements like: cup, teaspoon, and gallon.

Do-It Yourself Database Analysis
A third way to complete your nutrition labels would be to purchase a Food Labeling database program for your own use. With that, you could create as many labels as you liked, when you wanted them. You could also see the immediate effect of recipe changes on the Nutrition Facts panel (such as changes in salt content affecting the sodium amount, etc.)

There is a fairly comprehensive list of nutrition analysis/nutrition labeling programs at: http://www.nutribase.com/. I reviewed all of the links on that site. Most of those programs are strictly recipe/diet analysis tools and don’t do labels. Several that can do labels are quite cumbersome and not user friendly (as I discovered after downloading their trial versions).

Three programs to consider:
Nutritionist Pro Food Labeling Software, http://www.nutritionistpro.com/foodlabeling.php, for $595. Annual updates for additional fee. Trial downloads.

Genesis R&D, http://www.esha.com/genesissql, for $5,000.00. Annual updates at $300 per year. Trial downloads.

Nutribase Clinical Edition, http://nutribase.com/, for $695. No-fee updates (within version). Trial version available.

The first two are well-recognized and respected in the food processing community. Nutribase is not as well known and may be best suited for dieticians as opposed to food processors.

Other Nutritional Labeling Information, Tools, and Links
Starting A Food Business (PA Food Ventures)
Nutrition Checklist (Wendy Hess RD, CDE)
Nutritional Analysis Worksheet (Wendy Hess RD, CDE)
Food Labeling News (Wendy Hess RD, CDE)

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Marketing My Business - Product/Service

Information, topics, and links related to your business's product/service (branding, packaging, labeling, logo, etc) strategy.

Published By: Knowledgeman
Published: 2009-03-06
Revised: 2009-03-06

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Product/Service Strategy

Branding
Packaging
Labeling
Nutritional Labeling
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