From April 2022, it will be a legal requirement for all large businesses in the UK (anyone with 250 or more employees) to display calorie information on menus and food labels. This applies to cafes, restaurants and any form of takeaway – including ghost kitchen brands and food franchises.
Whilst a lot of restaurants employ less than 250 people, it means customers will increasingly expect nutrition and allergen information as standard. In a Public Health England survey, almost 80% of respondents said they think all menus should include the number of calories in their dishes. So why not get ahead of the curve?
What are the rules on nutrition and allergen calculation?
These laws form part of the UK government’s strategy to tackle allergen-related problems with packaged food (Natasha’s Law came into effect in October 2021).
The new legislation aims to help people make more informed choices when eating out at restaurants or ordering takeaways. We previously looked at consumer habits transforming the food franchise industry – and chief among these was “health conscious eating habits”. Indeed, 63% of people said they wanted to improve their diet. These customers consequently award virtual food brands that deliver the foods they love in a mindful way.
With this in mind, here are three great systems you can use for nutrition and allergen calculation:
Apicbase is a great allrounder – at Peckwater Brands we use it as a food costing, inventory and allergen flagging system. Apicbase allows virtual kitchen brands to conduct hassle-free monitoring and communication of allergens and nutrition. This leaves you free to focus solely on the quality of your food.
With clever integrations, all recipes and menus are automatically updated and labeled every time you make any changes. Saving time? Reducing errors? Boosting staff confidence? It’s got it all.
With a focus on nutrition and food labelling – Kafoodle is an award-winning food tech solution on a mission to digitize kitchens. It provides food franchises with total back-of-house visibility.
Like Apicbase, Kafoodle allows for allergen control and recipe management, as well as stock evaluation, ordering and cost control. It creates a safer, more transparent food environment that benefits customers and business owners alike.
Nutrium bills their services as “the only software you need”. Whilst the company focuses on nutritionists and dieticians more than restaurant franchises – they have a lot to offer ghost kitchen brands.
Nutrium makes it possible to create custom recipes with specific nutritional profiles in mind, as well as generate on-demand nutrient analysis reports. If you’re hoping to appeal to the more health-conscious consumer, it’s a massively useful tool.
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