7 March 2022

New calorie labelling laws in 4 weeks! Are you ready?

With just over 4 weeks to go until the new law requiring large food businesses with over 250 employees to display calorie information on menus and food labels comes into force. How are you getting ready?

From 6th April 2022, businesses with over 250 employees will be required by law to display calorie information on menus and food labels.

For example, the types of businesses covered by the requirement include (but may not be limited to):

  • 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, such as supermarkets, department stores, and entertainment venues such as cinemas
  • specialist food stores, delicatessens, sweet shops and bakeries
  • contract catering – for example, for events and canteens
  • domestic transport businesses including planes, trains and ferries

These measures are the latest drive by the UK government to tackle obesity and improve the nation’s health.

Why do we need calorie labelling when eating out?

Food and drink that is prepacked is required to display nutritional information, meaning consumers are familiar with seeing calorie content on the majority of items sold in the retail sector, such as supermarkets and convenience stores.

In contrast, the out of home sector (for example; restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways) typically sells non-prepacked food and is therefore not required to display nutritional information. This makes it difficult for consumers to make informed, healthier decisions when purchasing food from such businesses.

Where do I need to display calorie information?

Calorie information will need to be displayed at the point of choice for the customer, such as physical menus, online menus, food delivery platforms and food labels.

Whilst the new regulations may cause concern for some businesses due to the cost and time of adhering, IndiCater are here to help with our cost-effective easy-to-use system.

In fact, businesses that already use IndiCater have these capabilities at their fingertips and can use the information in a number of ways to be compliant with the new regulations.

Count on IndiCater to help you comply!

Create menus that include calories and allergens with ease

We have created Menu Hub to help foodservice businesses with the upcoming Calorie Labelling legislation.

Menu Hub from IndiCater is a powerful solution enabling you to create menus from your digital recipes, design menu templates, add descriptions, display allergens and calorie information, create a cookbook from your menus, and much more.

IndiCater Menu Hub has everything you need for creating compliant menus in minutes.