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Our mission is to:
   •  be your virtual food label department
   •  make FDA food label compliance easy
   •  help you position your products in the best possible light




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Food Consulting Company, founded in 1993, delivers nutrition analysis and food label guidance to ensure FDA regulatory compliance. The largest contract provider of food labeling services with over 1,500 clients worldwide, the company's services are ideal for start-ups, established food manufacturers and distributors, restaurateurs, food importers and brokers.

Our experienced team of registered dietitians, regulatory specialists and food technologists work side by side with your team, like your virtual food label department. It's everything you need to go from recipe to retail - all with the confidence that it's done right.

Our promise: accurate, timely service
Our guarantee: 100% FDA regulation compliance


Food Consulting Company is a team of consultants with expertise in food composition, nutrition analysis, food labeling and regulatory services.

Karen Duester - President & Founder
Karen brings over 30 years of experience to Food Consulting Company. She combines her Master's Degree in Human Nutrition with knowledge of government food labeling regulations to direct the company's efforts on behalf of all clients.

Christine Barnes - Director, Services & Operations

Amy Slaughter - Lead Regulatory and Nutrition Specialist

Melissa Grzybowski - U.S. Regulatory and Nutrition Specialist

Christin Loudon - U.S. Regulatory and Nutrition Specialist

Steve Kinsley - Canadian Regulatory and Nutrition Specialist

Tiffany Moseley - Mexican Regulatory and Nutrition Specialist

Evelyn Cadman - OTC, Cosmetic & Other Non-Food Label Consultant


We're proud to have worked with over 1,500 clients in the U.S. and internationally. A partial list includes:






See case studies and read client comments here.


Food Consulting Company has authored or contributed to industry publications to advance the understanding of food labeling, nutrition analysis and regulatory compliance.

Due Diligence with Database Nutrition Analysis
This booklet was designed for presentation to the National Restaurant Association Nutrition Study Group and is now distributed by ESHA Research. This publication outlines the due diligence process for creating accurate results using database nutrition analysis. Download

Food Label News
This monthly e-newsletter has been published since November 2000 and keeps the company's clients and guest subscribers current on what matters in food labeling. You can count on Food Label News for the latest information important to the food labeling community. See archive. Subscribe now.

Silliker Nutrient and Health Claims U.S. Regulatory Guide
With Technical Content by Food Consulting Company

This guidebook was developed to help product developers become familiar with the various types of label claims and statements available and recognize which is the best suited for a product’s nutritional attributes and marketing objectives. Download


Food Consulting Company has been featured and quoted in a number of industry and business publications well respected in the food labeling, regulatory and general business community.

Environmental Nutrition - "Look to the Label for Food Allergens"

Business 2.0 – "When I Say Work, I Mean Work!"

BusinessWeek – "Office Help From Afar"

CRA Upfront – "Nutrient analysis: Putting your menu to the test"

Dairy Foods – "Low-Carb Semantics"

DBC Dimensions – "Due Diligence with Database Nutrition Analysis"

DBC Dimensions - "Member Spotlight: Karen Duester, MS, RD"

Food Chemical News - "Nuances in Nutrition Labeling: US, Canada, Mexico, and EU"

Food Dive - "Food labeling overhaul could 'level the playing field' or have 'unintended consequences'"

Food Engineering - "Allergens & Labeling: Got It Under Control?"

Food Ingredient News – "Would FDA not Allow Logical Labels?"

Journal American Dietetic Association – "Consulting Do's and Don'ts"

myBusiness – "Strategies to Grow in Any Economy"

Prepared Foods - "Software Speeds Product Development" and
"Organic Opens Up"

SmartMoney - "10 Things Snack Food Companies Won't Say"

Supermarket News - "Industry Thriving Under Carb-Deprived Label Rules"

Today’s Dietitian – "Taking the Leap"

For insights and perspective for the media, contact us with your name and the publication you represent. Previous press releases here.


Food Consulting Company is proud to partner with well-respected organizations in the food labeling arena. A partial list includes:

Genesis R&D Software/ESHA Research – We've conducted training seminars for ESHA's Genesis R&D software since 1998 with over 1,000 participants from companies including Heinz, Kraft, Target, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Winn-Dixie, McDonald's, and ConAgra among others.

Prime Label Consultants – As the leading advisors on USDA food labeling regulations for meat and poultry products, Prime Label hosts the annual Federal Food Regulatory Conference in Washington DC where Karen Duester speaks regularly.

Silliker, Inc. – Since 2004, we've collaborated with Silliker on client projects for analytical testing as needed, and co-developed a regulatory guide for food label claims.

The Food Consulting Company team participates as an active member of the leading food and nutrition associations.

Contact Us to see how Food Consulting Company can work for you.

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