Calorie Wise is a new scheme which businesses in Belfast can take part in to display calories on menus so people can have the information they need to make healthier choices when eating out.
Calorie Wise is free and voluntary and is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.
Calorie Wise aims to inform and enable people to make healthier choices more often when eating out, as well as encouraging food businesses to make healthier options more available.
If you’re a business and keen to join the scheme you’ll receive help and advice on how to calculate and display calories. There will also be guidance on how to provide healthier options for your customers by making small and simple changes to your menus.
And with 6 in 10 adults either overweight or obese in Northern Ireland, this can make a big difference.
The scheme asks businesses to make a voluntary commitment to display calorie information clearly and prominently on menus or menu boards, for standard food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Any restaurant quick service restaurant, takeaway, café, pub, sandwich shop and staff restaurant or other outlet where we eat out, can join the scheme. To take part businesses should take the following steps:
- Complete accurate nutritional analysis of menu items to identify kilojoule (kJ) and calorie content using a tool such as MenuCal
- Display energy information:
- for ALL standard food and drink items sold
- clearly and prominently at the ‘point of choice’ for the consumers
- per portion or per meal
- on how many kJ and calories an average person needs in per day
Contact our Food Safety Team on 028 9027 0468 or email email@example.com to apply to become a Calorie Wise business and if successful we will give you window stickers to show you are a member of the scheme, attracting more customers to your business.