UKHospitality launches guidance on new calorie labelling legislation

By James McAllister

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UKHospitality launches guidance on new calorie labelling legislation

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Trade body UKHospitality has produced guidance on the new calorie labelling legislation that is set to come into force from April.

The guidance, which can be accessed here​, is intended to help affected businesses and to ensure consistent enforcement post-April and is therefore available to anyone in the sector, not just UKHospitality members.

New calorie labelling regulations will require businesses with more than 250 employees to display calories for food and drinks under 1.2% abv.

The guidance has been compiled in conjunction with the UKHospitality Nutrition Group and covers a digestible summary of the legislation as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Given the complexity of handling the new measures, particularly at such a challenging time for operators, the advice will be updated on a rolling basis as additional queries and details emerge.

At the time of writing, the document already covers such topics as which foods and business are exempt from the requirements; examples of food and meals that will need to display calorie information; wow the legislation affects franchised businesses and tied pubs; and what calorie information must be shown, and how it must be displayed.

“These new rules come into force at a very challenging time for our industry,” says Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality.

“Not only are businesses battling a workforce crisis and operating cost pressures – at the same time as managing crippling debt levels and depleted cash reserves – this April will see the triple whammy of a rise in VAT, business rates, and labour costs.

 “While working to ensure the sector is prepared and able to comply with the new guidance, we at UKHospitality are working hard to press the case for a delay in implementation and a light touch on enforcement of the rules post-April.”

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