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While larger chains like Noodles and Company and Panera Bread have taken great measures to provide transparent menu items, other chains are following suit.
As of Dec. 1, 2016, menu labeling is back on the radar and the required date is back to being measured by months once again.
While it's easy for restaurant operators and their franchisees to intuitively look for reasons to fear menu labeling, there are actually many positive attributes to the legislative requirements, and the long-term results can be a good thing.
The New York City Department of Health is leading this charge and proposed in early June that all chain restaurants with 15 or more locations add a symbol next to menu items that contain more than 2,300 mg of salt.
On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives took a measured and bold move to block any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops. The house voted and passed HR 1599, which created the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
Although the 12 month delay is welcome by some, brands should not use this time to rest on their laurels. Menu labeling is not going away and the faster restaurant operators can take the step toward compliance the better off they will be when the regulations do take effect.
Foodservice operators can prepare for the June 6 ban by taking a few necessary steps.
The technology that fuels digital menu boards and ordering kiosks within restaurant locations today is being used to maintain nutritional disclosures in real time.
Menu labeling goes beyond in-store menu boards to include catering programs as well as banquet dishes.
Restaurant operators need to be aware of how FDA regulations apply to restaurants because they are now competing against companies that are being held to the same menu labeling standard.
Now that menu labeling has passed and everyone knows the rules and expectations, it is important to address the best way restaurant leadership should handle nutritional analysis.
At the start of 2014, I was heavily anticipating the final FDA menu labeling regulations and its subsequent impact on the restaurant industry. While it took longer than expected for the FDA to make its ruling, I am thrilled that...
I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...
If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells.
The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.
New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.
Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.
Operators need to know the 8 major allergens and the best practices surrounding the use of separate containers and preparation methods designed to prevent cross-contact.
Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.
Have a disclaimer on your menu boards, pamphlets and website that promotes the steps taken to ensure accurate nutritionals.