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FDA delays menu-labeling requirements

Written by Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News

Restaurants scrambling to comply with upcoming federal menu labeling requirements now have a little more breathing room, after the Obama Administration delayed the compliance date by a year on Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing the need for the agency to provide more [...]

Reading labeling: FDA regulations

By Sara Rush,¬ Senior Associate Editor, Restaurant Business Online

They’ve been kicked around since the idea was first given life in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Now, at last, the Food and Drug Administration has released final menu-labeling rules for chains, and operators have a year to fall in line. [...]

This tool can help shave off calories in your recipes without compromising taste and flavor

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

As the saying goes, time is money. So when it comes to revamping your inventory with better-for-you foods, keeping up with the caloric and nutritional content of ingredients is typically not a top priority. This is understandable given that there are hundreds of new products flooding the [...]

Here is another great reason to get more plant-based ingredients into your menu

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

Everybody is talking about fiber. It is a hot selling nutrient, and even the makers of Fruit Loops have recently decided to put some into their magic cereal recipe. But what if I told you that even though labels may point to the presence of fiber in a [...]

Understanding the Proposed Menu Labeling Rules

As specified in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, “restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu, must provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu [...]

Who is Affected By New Menu Labeling Rules?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many consumers use nutrition information found on packaged foods to make their food choices.¬ Nutrition information, like that found on packaged foods, is not currently available at many restaurants and other retail food establishments.¬ Thus, the goal of the new menu labeling regulations is [...]

U. S. Food and Drug Administration Releases Rules for Menu Labeling Regulations

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This law sets the requirements for nutrition labeling of food items at chain restaurant establishments. Section 4205 of the law states that chain restaurants, food retail establishment, and vending machines with 20 or more locations under the [...]

Preparing for Change

By: Nicole Reed, Communications Manager, MenuMax

Are you ready for the new menu labeling law requirements? Almost one year ago on March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into law. Upon enactment, this federal law sets the requirements for nutritional labeling of food items [...]

How to Make the Latest Nutritional Research Work For You

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

This week the USDA released a report showing that the cholesterol count in today’s eggs is 14% lower, and the Vitamin D content is 64% higher compared to test results from 2002. This is undoubtedly a great piece of news for some consumers. For operators who display nutritional [...]

Foodservice Dynamics Adapt to Today’s Economy and Consumer Demands

Arthur Burkhart, VP Business Development MenuMax‚ĄĘ

When an operator opens his doors each day he knows that a new world order is at play in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Patrons who typically purchased two bottles of wine at dinner now purchase only one. Once, their fare of choice was lobster, now [...]

The FDA menu labeling regulations: tips to get you ready

By Katya Baxter, Nutritionist,

New Year brings new resolutions, and it is a perfect time to prepare for what lies ahead in 2011.

If you are an operator, you are aware of the new FDA¬ menu labeling law due to be finalized possibly as early as March. Whether you are a [...]

Menu Labeling Exemptions a Fast Food Loophole?

By: Mary Pennington, Communications Manager, MenuMax

In a recent article from we uncover an interesting dynamic between the ways restaurants are using menu labeling exceptions to their advantage, as an opportunity to save money, and build a unique marketing platform.

Dining establishments with limited time offer (LTO) items on the menu for [...]

How do Restaurants Comply with Menu-Labeling Laws?

U.S. Menu-labeling laws as of Feb. 2010

As this map from Feb. 2010 shows, several U.S. cities, counties and states have already passed menu-labeling laws, and Section 2572 of the U.S. health care reform package creates such guidelines for the entire country. Proponents of the legislation say that people might not order [...]

Diners make healthier choices when given calorie information

A new study by Yale University¬ found that¬ diners consumed about 250 calories fewer¬ when they viewed¬ both the¬ calorie¬ counts of¬ possible¬ menu items and¬ a reminder of ¬ recommended daily calorie intake. Researchers compared this group to¬ diners who viewed no calorie count and to¬ diners who saw calorie counts but [...]

Menu-labeling makes a difference, NYC study says

In contrast to what an independent study found recently, a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study found that restaurant patrons who noticed the calorie information posted on menus bought food that contained an average of 106 fewer calories than those who did not notice the¬ calorie counts.¬ The same [...]