Restaurant Menu Nutrition

FDA Compliant Restaurant Menus

In 2018, the FDA began to require restaurant chains, franchises, and other establishments that have 20 or more locations and that sell restaurant-type foods to provide nutritional information to their customers. Since “restaurant-type foods” includes any food expected to be eaten on-location or soon afterwards, these regulations also apply to many other types of establishments, including concession stands, pizza delivery services, and those selling drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

To comply with these requirements, establishments must clearly provide nutrition and calorie information on their menus or menu boards for each regular food and beverage item on the menu. They must also have easy access to additional nutritional information for each menu item, and clearly state that this information is available at the customer’s request.

If your restaurant does not fall into the “20 or more locations” bucket, consumers are demanding nutrition facts about the foods they are eating at a growing rate.  In fact, according to the National Restaurant Association, the following trends are shaping how restaurant owners face nutrition analysis:

Nutrition and sustainability will drive menus.

Sustainable sourcing and transparency will continue to grow in focus for consumers over the next decade. In order to remain competitive, restaurants will need to adapt to evolving dietary restrictions and consumer preferences. Food trends and menus will naturally evolve to reflect the increasingly health-conscious, ecological mindset of the consumer. Areas to watch include:

  • Single-use restaurant packaging, including in delivery, will evolve.
  • Artificial intelligence with knowledge of cooking techniques, food chemistry, recipes, and alcohol could produce unexpected new culinary and beverage experiences.
  • Advanced genetic knowledge and the rising incidence of lifestyle diseases are likely to create growing demand for meals that provide specific health benefits to diners.”

Source:  National Restaurant Association, in partnership with American Express and Nestlé Professional 10-year outlook report on the projected state of the restaurant industry in 2030.

Full report:  Association Unveils Restaurant Industry 2030 Report | National Restaurant Association

RL Food Testing Laboratory can help you comply with these requirements and make the nutrition information available quickly, easily, accurately, and affordably. We will assist you in generating calorie counts and additional nutritional information for menu labeling, perform any laboratory testing required for your recipes, and provide you with a report containing all restaurant menu nutritional information required by the FDA.

To make the process as affordable as possible, we can help you determine which of your recipes will require laboratory testing and which ones can quickly be processed using our database software.  Here is how to get your menu nutrition analysis done:

  1. Review your menu items
  2. Prepare your recipes for each item – use the RL Food Testing Laboratory recipe template to get started.
  3. Call us for assistance – we are happy to help!

RL Food Testing Laboratory is your one-stop-shop for Restaurant Menu Labeling compliance!

Fill out and submit the form for a FREE Restaurant Menu Nutrition Consultation, and an RL Food Testing expert will contact you in 24-48 hours to begin the process with you!

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*RL Food Testing Laboratory Label Technicians hold Masters Degrees in Food Science and Registered Dieticians. We offer consulting services beyond nutrition evaluation.



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Get answers to your questions on restaurant menu nutrition

If my menu has several items that are very similar – such as pizzas with the same crust but different toppings – is there a discount?

Every menu and menu board is unique, and pricing is based on a combination of factors. To review the individual items on your menu and get a personalized quote, contact us for a free consultation.

Do all states require restaurants to provide menu nutrition information to the public?

The FDA ruling requiring restaurants to provide nutrition information for menu items is a Federally mandated law – therefore, it applies in all states. However, you should still check with your local and state laws for details that may affect or modify the FDA requirements.

Are my recipes safe from public use and view?

Your recipes are safe with us! Your recipe and all other proprietary information remain confidential, and all clients receive a signed and dated non-disclosure agreement declaring the confidentiality of their proprietary information in our Statement of Work.

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