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Make sure your business is ready for the new Calorie Labelling legislation

From 6th April 2022 it will be mandatory to list calories on menus for food and drink served for immediate consumption. The aim is to help consumers make informed choices about what dishes and drinks they order and hopefully aid the reduction of obesity.

The law will impact businesses in England with 250 or more employees where non-prepacked food or drink suitable for immediate consumption is prepared on or off the premises. It affects cafes, pubs, restaurants, take aways, specialist food stores, contract caterings and domestic transport businesses. However, the government is encouraging smaller businesses to provide calorie labelling voluntarily and has not ruled out the possibility of extending the legislation to cover all food business operators in the future.

To help you understand the new piece of legislation, we are hosting a webinar session on the 8th of February. Join this free webinar where our host, Technical Director, Julia Wilson, will navigate you through how to prepare and to ensure your compliance is up to scratch when it comes to calorie labelling.

We will cover the following

  • Legal requirements for the new law
  • Who it applies to
  • Which food requires calorie labelling
  • How to calculate calories and rules for displaying calorie information
  • How the legislation will be enforced
  • Consequences for those who are not fully compliant
  • Tools available for businesses to help comply

We will cover as many of your queries as possible during a Q&A at the end of the session.

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How do I count calories?

To accurately calculate the number of calories within a menu item, you first must know the exact weights and quantities of the ingredients.

It’s up to businesses to develop and implement processes that ensure the calorie information they are giving is as accurate as possible. There is a 20% variable that will be considered an acceptable margin of difference between declared and actual calorie values.

What are the rules for displaying calorie information?

There are three basic rules that operators need to consider when displaying calories. These are:

  • Display the energy content of the food in kilocalories
  • Reference the size of the portion to which the calorie information relates
  • Display the statement that ‘adults need around 2000 kcal a day’


The government is serious about reducing obesity in the UK and it’s expected they will be enforcing the new legislation rigorously, with enforcement officers checking the presence of calorie information on food and drink items that are in scope of the policy. Not only that, but they will also be monitoring the method businesses have used to calculate calorie content is considered appropriate and reliable. And it’s not just about menus inside a venue, online menus must also display calorie information, including third party delivery platforms.