New legislation: Calorie Labelling

May 18, 2022

New Legislation to show calories on your menus as of April this year. Whatever their specialty dishes, from a burger to a katsu curry, restaurants right across Britain all have one thing in common as of April 2022 – they must show the calorie value of everything on their menu. This new law means hospitality…

New Legislation to show calories on your menus as of April this year.

Whatever their specialty dishes, from a burger to a katsu curry, restaurants right across Britain all have one thing in common as of April 2022 – they must show the calorie value of everything on their menu.

This new law means hospitality businesses with 250 or more employees in England, including cafes, restaurants and takeaways, now have to legally display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks. The idea behind the legislation is to allow customers make more informed and potentially healthier food choices, as well as helping to reduce the estimated £1.6bn spent by the NHS on fighting obesity each year*.

Some of the biggest name High Street chains already publish the calorie content of their food on their menus and fast-food giants such as McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Pret-a-Manger have been doing it for more than a decade.

Opinion is divided in the industry over whether the measures will make a genuine impact, but there’s one fact that isn’t in dispute: the change will come at an increased cost to venues. They now not only have to calculate the total calories from each of the ingredients in a dish, they must absorb the expense of updating menus to include the necessary information.

At a time when many are still struggling to recover from the effects of Covid, the revenue losses and ongoing recruitment issues, an extra financial burden is the last thing that restaurants and cafes need.

There’s no avoiding the law, and just as we’ve all got used to seeing nutritional information on the food we buy in supermarkets, it’ll soon become the new normal. But Qbunk can certainly soften the blow when it comes to making the menu changes – right now and going forward.

Our point-of-sale customer app is fully, and simply, editable which means businesses have instant access and control over what’s seen by customers.

A clear display of calories can be included alongside every dish and, as seasonal menu updates are ready to be introduced, there’s no additional hassle and outlay of having to order a reprint. New dishes can be swapped in with the required information all there.

Restaurant owners have expressed concerns that having to factor in and implement the changes could restrict their thinking when it comes to specials. Is it worth going to the trouble and expense for a dish that’s only going to be on the menu for a day?

With Qbunk’s ordering app, specials can still be a nice surprise for diners, without being a logistical pain for venues. They can be added on and taken away, as and when the chef decides, so there’s scope for limitless rotation and menus can still be guided by the skill and imagination of the kitchen which is how it should be.

Businesses get an efficient, easy-to-adapt process which equals happy customers who now know exactly what they’re ordering. Then it’s just their call on the side of fries…

Don’t want to have to reprint your menu every time you have a new dish? Contact Qbunk today!

*(Source: https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/UKH_Calorie_labelling_guidance_and_FAQs

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