Natasha’s Law

Preparing for ‘Natasha’s Law’ If you run a food business you must comply with all the relevant legislation, including The UK Food Information Amendment, which comes into effect in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1 October 2021. This amendment, known as ‘Natasha’s Law‘ has been introduced by the UK Government following the death of… Read more »

Primary Authority

Menu Guide is in a Primary Authority Partnership with Milton Keynes Council. This means that, following a comprehensive review, the Menu Guide website has received assured Primary Authority Advice in relation to relevant legislation, namely the Retained EU Law EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No.1169/2011) and the Food Information Regulations 2014 (S.I. 2014/1855). What… Read more »

Allergen management for takeaway food

During the coronavirus pandemic, many food businesses started offering takeaway and delivery for the first time. While lockdown restrictions prevented cafes, pubs and restaurants from providing their usual table service, they looked for new ways to keep trading and to meet increasing consumer demand for ‘click and collect’ and home delivery. Which is where Menu… Read more »

Food allergens and the law

Legal requirements for UK food businesses If you run a food business in the UK, you must comply with the relevant legislation. Here’s a quick recap and the most recent developments to bring you up to date: 1 October 2021 – New allergen labelling requirements will apply to pre-packed for direct sale foods To prepare… Read more »

Looking for new customers? Vegans may not be the answer…

In the food and drink industry margins are tight and business can be tough. Savvy café owners and restaurateurs are constantly on the lookout for an edge to keep them in business and potentially expand trade. Veganism is often a popular option when it comes to menu offerings trying to attract new customers, especially during… Read more »

QR Code menu table talkers now available

Instantly download an attractive table talker/table tent complete with your QR code when you add your menu to Menu Guide You asked, we responded. In these challenging times for the hospitality industry it’s really important that your customers trust the hygiene measures at your food business and have confidence that it’s safe to dine with… Read more »

Top tips for allergen control

1.5 million people in the UK have a food allergy or intolerance. Around 10 people each year die from eating something that they are allergic to and many more become severely ill. Food allergies are a major food safety issue and quite rightly command a great deal of attention from the media and the Food… Read more »

New year, new functions on Menu Guide

Happy New Year We hope that you’ve had a busy and profitable festive season. To help you have a successful 2020, we’ve developed four new functions that will make Menu Guide even easier to use. 1. CSV uploads and mapping You can now upload CSV files directly to Menu Guide, making it much quicker to convert your… Read more »

Easy to ask about allergens?

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) “It’s #easytoASK about allergens”. But how easy is it? And who should be asking? The #easytoASK campaign The FSA is, in their own words, ‘encouraging food businesses to make it easier for their customers to ask for allergen information when taking orders or reservations.’ Their #easytoASK campaign, launched… Read more »

Top tips for marketing your food business

Hospitality is a very challenging industry where competition is fierce and margins are tight. Maximise your chances of success by using these marketing tips to attract and retain loyal customers. 1. Look after your website Make sure that your primary selling tool is: – Responsive: designed to look good and work well on different devices;… Read more »