easy editable nutrition label templates
• FSANZ compliant layouts and content + ‘how to edit’ instruction guide
• Editable nutrition label templates supplied in Adobe Illustrator and pdf
• 3 versions: small, standard and extended table sizes and content
ACCURATE AND EASY Editable nutrition label templates
Just click and type your product label values, servings per pack or serving size.
The dynamic marketing of food and beverage retailing is super competitive. Packaged food labels must include a compliant Nutrition Information Panel Template for Australia or New Zealand. There is an Australian Standard for your Nutrition Information Panel format. Rest assured my templates adhere to the correct Standard!
Nutrition Information Panels are made up of mandatory nutrients and additional nutrients. Mandatory nutrients represent the based product and additional nutrients shown when making a health or nutrition claim. Having compliant content and layout is vital for food and beverage products.
The quickest (and cheapest) way to know what you may need is to first take a look at your competition. Check their ingredients are similar. This will indicate roughly what items you will need in your Nutrition Information Panel. Then, confirm your ingredients and nutrition information details. This can be achieved via the free online calculator to calculate nutrition values.
The standard Nutrition Information Panel must contain average values for seven nutrient values: Energy kJ (Cal), Protein, Fat – total, Fat – Saturated, Carbohydrate, Sugars and Sodium. These are the ‘mandatory nutrients‘. Further nutrients need to be displayed when making a specific nutrition claim and health claim. These are ‘additional nutrients‘. A health and nutritional claims are sensitive to make. The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) is very aware that these claims can make or break a sale. They can help to engage the consumer to believe in the product. Examples of health and nutritional claims are ‘low in fat’, ‘good source of fibre’ or high in calcium’. These claims MUST be substantiated with evidence. Then they need to be documented in the Nutrition Information Panel Template for Australia and New Zealand. If a claim is about fibre, such as ‘good source of fibre’, then the Nutrition Information Panel must contain the ‘Dietry fibre’ content for both the 100g and serving size.
Nutrition claims around fats are more complex. For claims about cholesterol, omega -3, 6 or 9 fatty acids, saturated fats, trans fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats the Nutrition Information Panel must show evidence of the claim. This will be represented by the breakdown of amount of trans fat, polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats and also omega fatty acids if claimed. The third template provided gives you the correct layout and content order.
For vitamin or mineral claims that have a recommended dietary intake (RDI), the percentage of RDI must be shown in the NIP. Also, percentage daily intake information may be voluntarily provided in the nutrition information panel.
Examples of standard and extended Nutrition Information Panels:
EDITABLE NUTRITION LABEL TEMPLATE DESIGN
Consumers are increasingly interested in the nutritional panel on food and drinks. It offers the simplest way to understand the nutritional value of the product. Consumers want clear and easy to read Nutrition Information Panels (NIP). FSANZ maintains the standards for compliant nutritional information panels.
The design of the NIP label is important. The content needs to be in a specific order. This is provided in the range of editable nutrition label templates supplied. Legibility is a key design priority for your Nutrition Information Panel Templates for Australia and New Zealand. The size of the table is sometimes one of the hardest aspects of ensuring it is legible. Foods often have very small labels, recently I worked on a label that was only 14mm high. This size label still needs an NIP table, albeit a small one. Some products have a very small printable surface area. If it is under 100mm square it is not legally required to display the nutritional information panel.
The font is specified at the discretion of the producer, or often the designer. It must be simple and clear. Sans serif fonts such as Helvetica and Frutiger are ideal. Condensed versions may be used as long as it is not squished to an illegible state. Avoid Serif fonts like Times and Garamond. The font size is crucial. I don’t go below 4.8pt and only use this size in the small version. However, I try to keep the text around 6-7pt as a general rule. There is no requirement for a border or boundary, although this does help legibility. An unobstructed background is also a good idea. Do not overlay graphics into the panel space or place them under the table so they are protruding out from underneath. Keep a clear zone around the outside of the NIP. Always use a compliant Nutrition Information Panel Templates for Australia and New Zealand to avoid retailers delisting your products.
Colours in the nutritional information panel are allowed. However the information must not be misleading. It is therefore important that the design of the table is simple, utilising high contrast. Never reversed the text. For example don’t place white text on a black background. Colours may be used, as in the samples shown above. But I would always keep the colour palette to a minimum, one or two colours. The text should never be presented in a colourful manner. Avoid either a range of colours or light colours such as yellow or pale blue. Do not setup the NIP in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow black), this will be difficult for the printer to register. When it comes to the colour of the text I keep it to black or grey as a percentage of black.
It is the producers responsibility to ensure the NIP can be interpreted easily. FSANZ does not offer guidance, advice or a checking system to help comply with the Code. Simply choose a version of the ‘Nutrition Information Panel Templates’ that suits your product.
ALL 3 EDITABLE NUTRITION LABEL TEMPLATES INCLUDE:
EDITABLE NUTRITION LABEL TEMPLATE INSTRUCTIONS
Three files are provided for you to choose from. Two contain the standard’ information required. The first one is formatted for use in a very small spaces. It is 27.5 x 23.5 mm. The second is the for a regular size food label and is formatted at 42 x 34 mm. The third option includes some additional nutrient values which enable product label claims*. You can add or delete nutrients but the size for this one is 49 x 49 mm.
These files are created in Adobe Illustrator CC. This is the industry standard program for producing labels and product packaging. If you don’t have access to Adobe Illustrator you may like to make use of the 7 day FREE TRIAL. Each one is provided in vector format as pdf and ai. Editable nutrition label templates have been saved in as legacy version (CS4 and PDF4) so that they are compatible with older versions of programs**. The fonts are not converted to outlines so that you can edit them. The fonts I have used are from the Adobe Typekit: Helvetica Neue Heavy Condensed (heading) and Helvetica Neue Light Condensed (body). You can use these fonts or change them to suit yourself.
TO EDIT THE TABLE:
Open Adobe Illustrator > simply click on the number or text > highlight > type new digits.
SAVE and your DONE!
NUTRITION INFORMATION PANEL EXEMPTIONS
Provided no nutrition claim is made, the following foods are exempt from carrying an Nutrition Information Panel in Australia and New Zealand:
– fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish
– alcoholic beverages
– herbs, spices or herbal infusions
– vinegar and related products, salt and salt products, gelatine
– tea and coffee, kava, water, mineral water or spring water
– prepared at sale foods like bakery items and similar products
A tin of kidney beans, jar of gherkins or similar need to be drained before eating. The nutritional values of the drained food not the pre-drained, need to represented. Likewise reconstituted foods such as instant oatmeal or powdered milk must show the values for the food after it has been transformed.
Products in packs with a total surface area of less than 100 mm squared don’t require the NIP. These are very small packaged food products like chewing gum.
The Nutrition Panel Calculator (NPC) to help you find the correct values.
The FSANZ User Guide Standard 1.2.8 – Nutrition Information Requirements provides further information about the content for your NIP.
For more information on how to understand the Nutrition Information Panel Template.
The Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) regulations came into effect 1st July 2018. Some products don’t need a label and some do. The CoOL system indicates where the food was grown, produced, made or packaged. Check my out easy to read article of the in’s and out’s of implementing CoOL.
* It is the producers responsibility to make legally correct claims and clearly present these on the product packaging. The information in this article is general in nature and is not legal advice.
** You may be able to open the file in other programs but I cannot guarantee they will translate well.
FILE: Learn About NIP Label Requirements – How to Design Nutrition Information Panel Template for Australia and New Zealand – Free PDF Illustrator Editable Nutrition Label Template