Calorie Labelling FAQs

Everything you need to know about calorie labelling – here is a list of the most frequently asked questions by our customers including expert answers. If you can’t find the answer to your questions, please get in touch with our labelling team below.

FAQs

The energy content of the food in kilocalories (kcal); The reference the size of the portion to which the calorie information relates; and a statement that ‘adults need around 2000 kcal a day’.

Anywhere a customer can choose from food on sale. Including, digital signage, paper menus, labels, and counter signs. Information must also include the adult recommended intake.

No - In all cases, the information businesses are required to display must be displayed at the place where the customer decides what food they are going to buy. The information must be easily visible, clearly legible, and not in any way hidden or obscured by other written or pictorial matter, or any other intervening material.

Any outlet where food or drink is prepared in a way that means it is ready for immediate consumption by the person who buys it.

No - the Regulations permit businesses to provide a menu without the required calorie information at the express request of the customer. While a menu without calorie information can be provided at the request of the customer, a menu with the required calorie information must be offered to the customer by default.

Foods that need to be calorie labelled are foods that are prepared and sold for immediate consumption, like -  a meal at a restaurant; a prepacked food for direct sale such as a sandwich made and packaged on-site at a café; food packaged at a consumer’s request, such as a sausage roll at a bakery; sides and toppings on a menu that a customer can choose to add to their order. 

Calorie labelling is a public health measure aimed at supporting the government to address growing levels of obesity. Giving consumers calorie information helps them to make more informed food choices and can support people’s efforts to eat more healthily. It is also thought that calorie labelling will help the industry to reformulate their dishes to reduce calories.


If you have a question or would like to know more about calorie labelling, get in touch with our experts.
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