QR codes

Why are they so useful? Once denigrated as ‘ugly, overused and doomed’, Quick Response (QR) codes have become ubiquitous during the pandemic and are proving to be a very useful tool for the hospitality industry. These two-dimensional matrix bar codes are designed to store lots of information, stand out and be read easily from any… Read more »

Mandatory calorie labelling on menus

From April 2022, large food businesses (with more than 250 employees) in England will be required to display the calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drink items. Calorie information will need to be displayed at the point of choice for the customer, which may be a printed or online menu, food delivery platform or label…. Read more »

Ethics and allergens

Many of the food businesses that use Menu Guide for allergen management have ethical practices at the heart of their operations. The multi-award-winning independent group, Lussmanns, has pioneered sustainable dining since 2002. More than 95% of the food that these Hertfordshire-based restaurants serve is grown or produced in the UK and sourced from welfare-driven British… Read more »

Menu Guide wins national award

Menu Guide wins the ‘Innovation and Technical’ category at the OPSS Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 We are proud to announce that Menu Guide won the ‘Innovation and Technical’ category at the UK Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Regulatory Excellence Awards 2021 on 10 June 2021. The Awards, which are open to a… Read more »

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 »