The Food Industry is experiencing massive change over the next few years since the UK Government launched its Tackling Obesity Strategy in July 2020.
Concise labelling will help your customers make more informed choices about what they eat, whilst encouraging the food industry to provide a fuller range of products including more lower calorie choices.
The calorie labelling - out of home sector regulations came into force from 6 April 2022 for businesses with 250 employees or more. This implementation will be revised by the Government within 5 years, when the requirement may be extended to smaller businesses. In the meantime, smaller businesses are being encouraged to adopt calorie labelling on a voluntary basis.
These are the main requirements for businesses with 250 or more employees for the new legislation - Calories on Menus:
· Display the energy content of the food in kilocalories (kcal)
· Reference the size of the portion to which the calorie information relates
· Display the statement that ‘adults need around 2000 kcal a day’.
This information needs to be displayed clearly and prominently at ‘the point of choice’ for the customer including physical menus, display cases and online menus. The legislation also requires the information to be easily visible, clearly legible, and in no way hidden or obscured by other written or illustrated matter or any other intervening material.
Is your business ready to make these changes?
If you have one of the following food businesses, these regulations will affect you:
· Restaurants, fast food outlets, cafes, pubs and supermarkets
· Home delivery services and third-party apps selling food that is in scope
· Cafes and takeaways within larger shops and venues, e.g. supermarkets, department stores, and entertainment venues – e.g. cinemas
· Specialist food stores - delicatessens, sweet shops and bakeries
· Contract catering – events and canteens
· Franchises · Domestic transport businesses – planes, trains, ferries etc.
We can help you profile your calories for your menus easily and cost effectively, leaving you to do what you do best - creating menus and providing service with a smile.