For the past two years my head has been spinning trying to keep up to date on the latest menu labeling news. First it was New York, then almost every big city proposed their own version. Some passed, some didn’t, then the states started jumping on board and preempting some of the local laws…it’s all very confusing.

The national laws that were proposed to help unify a standard and clarify the situation didn’t help much because none passed.

So what’s the situation now? Here’s my attempt at clarification for the time being:

There have been a handful of proposed national bills that were favored by restaurant associations to help unify a national standard and make confusing tables like the above unnecessary. You may have heard of the LEAN and MEAL acts, and the proposal from Yum Brands that would require independent restaurants to disclose calorie information, still no national standard.

The latest national effort in menu labeling is featured in the Health Care Reform Bill. This section of the bill pretty much mimics the proposed regulations of the LEAN act (requires any restaurant chain with 20 or more locations to participate), but goes on to include vending machines and self service items.

I know that a lot of you are not menu labeling fans, but I think that having a national standard will be a good thing (at least better than all of these pocket laws).

Just some calorically labeled food for thought.

Views: 36

Tags: FoodCalc, LEAN, MEAL, bill, calorie, counts, healthcare, labeling, menu, nutirtion, More…reform, restaurant


You need to be a member of FohBoh to add comments!

Join FohBoh

Comment by Lucy Needham on December 15, 2009 at 6:09pm
Some and some. We are finding that most operators who provide nutrition information to their diners are doing it because people are asking for it. And the "dieting diner" will pay up to $2 more per menu item if it denotes a better choice for them...!
Comment by Michael L. Atkinson on December 11, 2009 at 2:13pm
Great post, thank you for keeping us updated. With so much activity at the state level, are operators rushing to meet the deadlines? Or, are they passively waiting?




Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries


The Sip

The Sip: Stay up-to-date on the beer, wine and spirits category with original content from SmartBrief -More

New food offerings helped Starbucks boost sales

Baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and the first price increases in nearly four years helped lead Starbucks to a 7% same-store -More


Posting a job or finding a job starts here at FohBoh. Call us about special $50 posting packages to syndicate across all major jobs boards.

National News

Ward Whitworth Named President for On The Border Mexican Grill

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, which was recently acquired by Border Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group, today announced the appointment of Ward Whitworth as President of On The Border.

The Melting Pot Targets Houston and El Paso, Texas for Franchise Expansion

Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees to expand its presence throughout the Lone Star State, naming El Paso and Houston as target markets for future franchise development.

Encore Restaurants Purchases 8 Existing Five Guys Restaurants, Plans to Develop 45 More

Encore Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc., has announced the purchase of eight existing Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants across central California including Elk Grove, Fresno, Lodi, Natomas, Roseville, Stockton, Tracy, and West Sacramento.

Takeout Orders to Hotels Jumped 125% in Popularity in Last Three Years

For many Americans, hotel room service is considered a travel luxury; however, data from PFK Hospitality Research1 suggests that room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels shuttering unprofitable operations altogether.

National Restaurant Association Praises House and Senate Commerce Committee Passage of Travel Promotion Act

Yesterday the National Restaurant Association (NRA) praised the House passage and Senate Commerce Committee markup of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes Brand USA, the nation’s first global marketing campaign, to promote the United States as a destination for international travelers.


If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.


TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.

© 2014   Created by FohBoh.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service