From 6 April 2022 The Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulation 2021 requires large food businesses of more than 250 employees, known as “Qualifying Businesses” to display calorie labelling in the out of home sector.
The Out of Home Sector is a food outlet where non-prepacked or pre-packed for direct sale food/drink is prepared in a way that means it is ready for immediate consumption, on or off the premises.
This regulation will affect businesses such as:restaurants, cafes, pubs, takeaways and food delivery platforms but may include supermarkets, mini-marts, delicatessen who also sell food for consumption on the go. This is not an exhaustive list and full information can be found in the links below.
The information must be available to the customer before purchase at the store or on-line and must:
- be clearly written
- refer to portion size
- the calories displayed as kcal
- the “adult calorie” statement (2000kcal a day).
Full information can be found in the links below.
In addition to helping consumers to make healthier decisions, calorie labelling also aims to encourage businesses to reformulate the food and drink they offer and provide lower calorie options for their customers.
The Government encourages smaller businesses who fall outside the criteria of this legislation to voluntarily adopt calorie labelling.
The Food Standard Agency’s MenuCal tool can help businesses comply with legal requirements to calculate the calories in food and drink on the menu as well as to manage and record allergen information.
Further information can be found at: