The Food Consulting Company, based in Del Mar, Calif., and owned and operated by Karen C. Duester, purchased the Pennsylvania-based Nutrition Labeling Services (NLS) July 3, 2000. Customers for both companies are large and small, domestic and foreign food manufacturers who sell their products in the United States, where the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 specifically defines what and how nutrition content and claim information is displayed.The purchase makes The Food Consulting Company the largest contract provider of food labeling services with over 1000 clients in the US and abroad. The Food Consulting Company has been in business since 1993."I know from my many discussions with [Karen Duester] that client labeling projects will be handled efficiently, accurately and with quality and integrity," said Wendy Boehm, former Nutrition Labeling Services owner.The Food Consulting Company offers a full range of food labeling services including database and lab analysis, nutrition facts panel preparation, ingredient statements, package design planning, shelf life evaluation and final label review. Karen Duester can be reached through the company web site at