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Restaurant Menu Analysis Firms

A Directory

With the new Menu Labeling Regulations coming into effect in December, this will be a trying year for many restaurant companies.Restaurant Menu Labeling

I feel certain that many smaller firms will sell out to larger companies rather than be forced to deal with more federal regulations amidst a growing cadre of laws and legislation affecting small businesses. Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, to get ready for labeling your menus with calorie counts and nutrition analysis for every item you sell, we have put together a directory of firms offering nutritional content analysis for menu items.

Menu labeling is serious - legally and monetarily. Every time you add a new menu item you'll have to get the nutrition content analyzed and then print new menus. Calorie counts must be printed boldly and conspicuously so a new menu design may have to be completed. Your cost to stay in business just increased.

This law was actually passed in 2010 and has just been waiting on the FDA to release the final guidelines. It is interesting to note that in 2010, the Center for Science in the Public Interest published a cost estimate for restaurants to comply with menu labeling. Read: The Cost of Menu Labeling

To meet federal guidelines, there are two ways to go. Restaurant companies can farm out their nutritional analysis. Every menu item will have to be analyzed including appetizers, entrees, desserts, salad dressings, etc. General-use condiments will not be affected.

What seems to be a simpler method is to buy USDA-approved nutritional content analysis computer software. Buying computer software and having your IT people install it on your in-house computers would seem to be the way to go. However, you must ensure the accuracy of the software.

Misleading your customers on the calorie content of an item on your menu will surely lead to legal problems - intentional or not. Accuracy is of the utmost importance!

Another area of concern is portioning. If your entree is analyzed at 6 oz. and your cook puts 7 oz. on the plate, your total calorie count for that entree just went higher than stated on your menu and the nutritional content is different. This is serious.

 You can learn more by visiting: Restaurant Menu Labeling Facts

We have assembled a directory of nutritional analysis firms and companies who sell nutritional analysis software. Please bear in mind, we have no connection to any of these companies and by listing them here does not imply and is not an endorsement of that company. Click the link below:

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