Nutrition software developer Nutritics has inked a partnership with technology solutions provider Brother UK that is designed to help foodservice firms of all sizes comply with Natasha’s Law and boost efficiency.
The likes of Starbucks, Shake Shack and Leon already use its recipe management solution and now it is aiming to prove its value on the labelling side as well.
Nutritics’ software uses a database of more than 750,000 ingredients to manage recipe and menu information, including all the details required for food labelling, such as calculating nutrition and calories and identifying any potentially dangerous allergens.
By teaming up with Brother UK, it has been able to create an integrated food labelling solution that uses a TD-2120N compact label printer to produce bespoke food labels at the touch of a button.
The solution provides an efficient, accurate way for foodservice firms to comply with new legislation dubbed Natasha’s Law, which was passed by the government in September and means all foods that are pre-packed for direct sale must have a label that carries a full list of ingredients.
It also means that staff time is freed up to focus on customer service, while consumers have access to all the information they need when buying food.
The printer is compact and easily portable, with an optional rechargeable battery that means it can be used in a kitchen, office, storage area or restaurant – even when there is no mains socket nearby.
All types of food label information including EU, FDA, FSANZ and South African standard nutrition panels can be exported instantly, and providers can also create their own custom label designs.
Lena Engel, marketing executive at Nutritics, said: “Our mission is to provide customers with the most reliable nutritional and accurate food labelling information on the market, delivering unrivalled levels of detail and compliance expertise.
“Teaming up with Brother means we can offer the food industry a fully-integrated system that automatically creates front-of-pack and back-of-pack labels, with all the nutrition and allergen information needed to meet and exceed the standards required by law.”
Ged Cairns, head of business unit at Brother UK, added: “Combining our hardware expertise with Nutritics’ world-leading software package is the latest in a number of recent initiatives we have designed to help food service businesses be compliant and successful.
“Our joint solution minimises the potential for human error in food labelling, as the information is calculated automatically and sent straight to the printer. Firms of all sizes can now manage the preparation and labelling of all their dishes in one easy-to-use platform, and allergy sufferers can make informed, safe choices when buying food.”