Can I make my own nutrition facts label?

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Can I make my own nutrition facts label? That is a question that we get all the time, and I'm really excited to bring you this software that shows you how to create your own nutritional label for your food product, baked good, or pretty much anything that you're making to tell you the truth. So we're going to dive into how I create a nutritional facts label in this video, step-by-step tutorial. You've got to stay with me through the whole video. I'll show you how this software works. We're going to dive into that right now.

 

All right, so welcome back to Marketing Food Online, guys. And in this video, I'm super excited to show you the step-by-step process. We have a couple of videos we've already done briefly on our Marketing Food channel about how you can use some of this software. We want to give you an up-to-date version of this video. A lot of you have been requesting and asking about how I can create and how I do create a nutritional facts label for my own food products. I want to look professional. I want it to look good. There's even a handful of you that are cottage food operators, which, of course, are home-based food business startups, and if you're starting from your home, a lot of the cottage food laws require certain types of labels with information on them, but you can literally take it a next step further, even add a professional looking nutritional analysis. So, welcome to Marketing Food Online.

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It is Damian Roberti, founder and CEO of Marketing Food Online. My wife and I, Sylvia, have actually been e-commerce food entrepreneurs for 13 years. I've been operating very successful businesses through Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. We do. We're nearing nearly a million dollars in the past eight or nine years that we've been on Amazon with our baked goods, snacks, and things that we actually make to order, and we also have been on eBay and Etsy for a little over 12 years. We specifically use this for our products too. As a matter of fact, I'll even show you. There you go. That is one way that you can create an amazing label for a snack.

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This particular thing is a spicy trail mix that we make. So, let me dive into this and just so you know, really quickly, a background of understanding nutritional labels. The FDA literally allows you to create a label based on two types. It could be a lab-driven or data-driven decision. A lab that can actually take the product and break it down and create the analysis for you and send it back is very, very expensive. It's also very time-consuming, but it's also data-driven. Data-driven is using software, specifically online software and online businesses that offer software for you to enter a recipe. And that recipe will break down the particular ingredients, and you can create a professional, FDA-approved nutritional label based upon that. So, the other thing you want to look at is that you want to make sure that it's FDA-approved label nutrition software, specifically those types of software that can break it down and follow the guidelines set forth by the FDA.

 

Some websites that offer nutritional analysis and such don't meet that criteria or may not meet that criteria, and I highly recommend you stay away from them. But on this website specifically, we've actually used this a lot and we refer you guys to them. So definitely check out the link down below. You can take a look as well, but this is how we do it and how we create it. We've done over, I think, two or three dozen (if I'm not mistaken) labels that we've created for different snacks and products. You can use it for baked goods, you can use it for cakes, you can use it for anything. Let me show you how it works.

 

So we got our laptop open. Now I'm actually just going to create a sample here for you of a recipe, a baked good recipe, and then we'll go from there. So the first thing, which is the biggest part of our recipe, is flour. Type in the word flour. And it's actually going to bring up these different types of ingredients. Now you can find your flour here, and by the way, this is enormous. ReciPal has a ridiculous number of ingredients. It's mind-boggling the amount of stuff and work that they've actually put into this software. It's really amazing. Pat on the back, by the way, for you guys that have developed ReciPal.

 

So go up to the top, pick out whatever your flour is, and bake. Mine is just the traditional all-purpose. Then we're going to add this. See right here? You want to add your first ingredient, and that's going to get you started, okay? Now let's scroll down a little bit here and then—Okay, so we have our flour, and as a matter of fact, I'm actually going to use a really quick recipe that we've got and I'll break this down. Let me move this over. All right, so we have our flour. So the first thing you should put in is that you have one, one and three-quarter cups.So, we're going to break it down based on cup.

 

You can actually do this. If you're doing larger batches, if you're a commercial bakery, for instance, you can even use this if you're using pounds, if you're seeing 10, 20, pounds of flour bags and such, whatever you want to do, because as we go through this, I'll show you how to break down the recipe to create a per serving and all of that for an individual package, okay? So let's just do this. We're going to add two cups. I'm just going to make up a recipe here. Two cups of flour, okay. Fantastic. Go up here. We're going to have our sugar, regular old granulated sugar, and it pops up here.

 

Find the type of sugar. Now it will sometimes bring up powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and different types of processed sugar. So whatever your recipe calls for, again, there's a 99.9% chance you're going to find it here. So add that to your recipe. So now look, you've got two ingredients, okay. And then we're going to use a cup based upon that. Actually, you know what? We're going to do tablespoons, even better. So take three tablespoons of flour and add it to your next ingredient. Next up, we have eggs and then just regular old eggs, nothing special. No, just separated yolks or anything of that sort. So this will have a, and we'll go based on individual eggs.

 

We're going to go to eggs. All right. Add your next ingredient. baking soda pure baking soda. Fantastic. We'll scroll down and see if that gets added. You see, here is baking soda. So we have our eggs, sugar, flour, and baking soda. So we're going to put in 1/8 of a teaspoon. That's perfect. And lastly, what else can you see real quick? We have some chocolate chips. We're making chocolate chip cookies. Oh, I'm sorry, chocolate chips, not cookies. There you go. All right. Semi-sweet pure dark chocolate.

 

They have all kinds of stuff. Even the mini-sweet smaller ones. All right. So we're going to do semi-sweet. We'll add that to our recipe. And then lastly, we have a little bit of milk in the mix. All right, milk. Whole milk is perfect. And let's scroll down and we'll adjust that. So semi-sweet, we use one cup of chips and then one cup of milk. Now, again, you need to put in your recipe and follow this to a T. It's dependent upon what you're going to put in and how the nutritional analysis is obviously going to come out.

 

So this is what we have. This is going to create the actual recipe. This is a batch. Now this is going to create two separate orders because this makes 48 cookies, okay? So I sell cookies based upon. This is really important to understand. How are you packaging your product? For example, with cookies, we sell them by the dozen. So we're selling 24 cookies, and this recipe creates two sets of those, right? So whatever your recipe does, even if you're making lasagna and you want to sell it, and you're selling individual portions, you want to start a meal delivery business, okay.

 

So, your lasagna on a nine-by-inch tray, a big tray cut into fours, that's actually four servings, right? So you want to keep that in mind. So we're going to go through this here, now that we have a total. Now this is the important part. So what is the net weight of the product? This is going to yield How many packages does the recipe make? How many batches of cookies are you making? Two, okay. Suggested serving size: two. And then we are going to count how many servings are in each package. So with 24 cookies, if you eat two cookies, you have 12 servings. Now, you see how this is updated over here? And then what we will do is We're going to go ahead and leave this at one, and there you go. So this one would be chocolate chip cookies, 24 pack. So there are 12 servings, two servings each, and each one of those servings would have 100 grams of, sorry, 100 calories.

 

And then this breaks down the sugar and the proteins and everything for two of those individual cookies based upon the quantity that we put in. Now, how does this look? Let's check it out. Go to set your ingredients statement. So this is, in essence, where you're going to put any additional things as far as maybe a teaspoon of coloring or food coloring or something that's not going to be measurable. You can add that on here. And you want to make sure that all of this information about your ingredients is here on your ingredients list, which of course it is. Your flour, you've got iron in flour, all that stuff that's broken down within the flour itself. You have semi-sweet chocolate chips, you have whole milk and such, and you're all set. So everything's on there.

 

So you want to see how this actually looks when you're done. Okay, this is going to be the image you're going to want to download, create, and put on the label, or if you're having a company print them for you, you can do that as well. So let's take a look at this brand new recipe that we just put out. So we've got chocolate chip cookies in a 24 pack. This breaks it down by serving size. Now, are there any allergens? You want to make sure you have them marked. So this has milk, contains milk, obviously.

 

It has an egg in it.We don't have any. It does have wheat because of the flour. No soybeans, obviously, and no fish or shellfish. And then you've got all of that here for your allergens, so that'll show up. And, of course, you can put the name of your company here if you like. If it's John's Cookie Co. And then you can put in contact information, you know, 954-412, whatever it might be, your phone number might be. And then all of this will be present on your label. Okay, I'm going to actually download it and show you how it looks. Now let me show you something before we wrap this up. No, there is a, this is a tabular style. There are different styles. Now watch.

 

See, this is a smaller one. It relays the same information and is FDA-approved because the FDA allows you to actually create different variations of how it's laid out depending upon your packaging and the size of your packaging. Some of these layouts are better because some of the packaging is smaller, maybe rectangular, and contains some bottles of spices. Everything is a little physically different. The packaging is different. So this is going to allow you to kind of change it up and figure out what's really best for my product, okay? So we have linear, tabular, and then this is the default, which is the vertical. That's, you've seen that obviously, that style, and again, it has all the information, so that's how it looks. So let's go back to... The one I loved the most was the tabular one, like this one here.

 

 

So we're going to go ahead and take a look. We're going to download this PDF and save the label. And I'm going to show you, this will be the image you'll want to put on your computer, so then if you're printing your own labels, you can do that. If you have a company that's making them for you, they're going to say, "Hey, I need this image, and there it is." That's the image they need, okay. So John's Cookie Company, all of this goes on the label. And that's it. You're done. You've created an FDA-approved label and a nutrition label based on the software from ReciPal, okay? It's super, super simple, and definitely something you want to look at. As you play around with it, as you get familiar with it, it's going to be easier for you to actually create these. I've actually done numerous ones, so it's very quick and fast for me to do that.

 

 

So you can do this if you're creating trail mix. If you've got dried oats and different granola and a cup of almonds and dried fruits, you put all of that together, that's the recipe. Bring that together, and you're going to create an actual label for your trail mix. You can do it with cupcakes, you can do it with snack candies or brittles, for instance. Popcorn, you can do it with that. If you go into a fare or a farmer's market and you want to pre-pop it and season it and you want to have a nice label, a lot of states that have cottage food laws don't necessarily require this level of information on the label. Make sure you follow the label law within the cottage food law in your state, but you can take it to the next level, offer this, and you can put that on there so people know, hey, this has as much fat as this has salt.

 

 

People may be on special diets or be gluten-free; whatever the case may be, all of this comes into play and should be noted on the label.So, can I make my own nutrition facts label? Yes, you definitely can. And how do I create a nutrition facts label, Damian? Well, with ReciPal. Definitely check them out. I've got a link down below. I believe each one individually. If you buy it individually, it is like $19 or 20 bucks, which is nothing.

 

 

That's literally very, very inexpensive. They also have plans where you can sign up and get a course, like a monthly month-to-month type thing, where you get unlimited recipes as well. So check them out. And if this video was helpful, definitely give it a big thumbs up and then share it with anybody that you know. If somebody in the family is looking to create a food business, a hot sauce business, or whatever it may be that they're selling and they need a nutritional label, this is the place to definitely check it out. So I thought I'd bring you this resource and I'll see you guys in our next video.

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