Date posted: 14/03/2022

Bidfood releases range of tools to support operators with new calorie labelling legislation

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Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has revealed its plans to assist its customers in understanding and adhering to the new legislation on calorie labelling.

From 6th April, new government legislation will come into effect that introduces requirements to calorie label on menu items. Businesses that have, or exceed, 250 employees will be required by law on printed, display or online menus to label the amount of calories per dish or portion.

To support the industry with another new legislation, Bidfood has devised a range of tools and information that will help save time and offer important advice.

Online hub

As we’re In the weeks leading up to the implementation of the legislation, Bidfood has launched a dedicated calorie labelling page on its website, containing all the information businesses and customers will need ahead of the 6th April introduction.

The page will include tailored content from Samantha Mollart, Nutrition and Allergen Manager at Bidfood, such as a blog on the subject, a podcast episode.

There is also an online guide designed to help businesses understand and implement the legislation. Covering all aspects of calorie labelling, the guide will explore areas such as when the changes will come into effect, what support is available and who will be in scope.

Bidfood Direct support tools

To help support our customers to remain compliant with this legislation, Bidfood Direct MyRecipes automatically calculates the calorie content of your recipes based on the ingredients and quantity of those ingredients in your recipe.

MyRecipes also has the option to change your portion description so that you can display values in kilocalories in a context the consumer understands, such as meal, bowl or slice. A further development is due in April which will ensure all downloaded PDF’s and label downloads will display the recommended calorie intake for adults too.

Samantha Mollart, Nutrition and Allergen Manager at Bidfood commented:

“The industry has been through a turbulent two years with Brexit, Covid-19 and new legislation being introduced. We have designed these support tools with customers front of mind to help provide them with all the information they need.

“We’re giving access to calorie information for the products we offer, along with reporting tools to share product information with customers, available on Bidfood Direct.

“Another fantastic tool we have on Bidfood Direct is ‘Menu Planner’, this is available to Bidfood customers and is our recipe analysis software solution, able to accurately calculate the calories in a dish.”

The legislation is being introduced as part of the governments’ initiative to tackle and reduce obesity, with the aim to make diners more aware of their calorie intake when eating out.


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