In Support of Menu Labeling, the National Restaurant Association Turns to the Web for Nutrition Analysis
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The partnership officially makes FoodCALC the only web-based provider of nutrition analysis tools exclusively endorsed by The National Restaurant Association.
San Francisco, California October 13th, 2010 - The National Restaurant Association has announced its official partnership with web-based nutrition analysis solutions pioneer FoodCALC, endorsing the company’s revolutionary recipe nutrition analysis tool, MenuCalc, among its preferred analysis providers.
The partnership comes at a timely period for the industry, with the recent passage of the national menu labeling law affecting a record number of restaurateurs across the country. Signed by President Obama on March 23, the health care reform bill includes a provision that creates a national, uniform nutrition-disclosure standard for restaurants. The provision requires chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide specific nutrition labeling information and will affect approximately 250,000 restaurant locations.
"Restaurateurs have an increasing interest in obtaining accurate nutrition information of the dishes they serve, but the analysis process has presented challenges,” said David Gilbert, Chief Operator Officer of The National Restaurant Association. “That is why we partnered with the best nutrition-analysis providers in the business to meet our members’ needs for customized service at affordable rates.” Gilbert explains how MenuCalc’s easy-to-use nutrition analysis process provides an ideal solution for restaurateurs looking to simplify recipe analysis by use of an online system. “Using their web-based nutrition analysis platform, MenuCalc, FoodCALC provides a best in class online solution that allows restaurateurs access to nutrition analysis tools at anytime."
Traditional methods of nutrition analysis have historically relied on expensive laboratories or private consultants. Recognizing the benefits of the latest web-based technology and FoodCALC’s industry knowledge, The National Restaurant Association has endorsed a platform that offers alternatives to these options to ensure a best in class provider is endorsed in the web-based arena.
“FoodCALC is proud to partner with The National Restaurant Association,” said Lucy Logan, CEO and Founder of FoodCALC. “In many ways, the partnership represents the beginning of a new era for the restaurant industry. The convenience that modern technology provides will be a huge asset to association members in moving forward. The NRA has recognized the growing needs of their members, which, driven by an increased health awareness among Americans, has demanded a shift in focus toward informing the consumer.” Logan adds, “Online anything is the future, and I believe restaurant operators should receive the same rewards and benefits when calculating their recipes for nutrition values, as you do with the convenience of online banking.”
Designed specifically for restaurants and food professionals to meet their needs in calculating nutrition information, MenuCalc is widely used by both small independents to large multi-unit restaurant groups. The platform utilizes a method known as database nutrition analysis, one of two approved methods by the FDA for obtaining nutrition analysis results. Database analysis allows users to use a database of previously analyzed ingredients to calculate nutrition results. The product has completely taken the expense and hassle out of calculating nutrition information, making recipe analysis results available at the click of a button, from anywhere an internet connection is available.
Since the company’s inception in 2003, FoodCALC has quickly become the gold standard for providing instant, affordable nutrition analysis within the industry. Their two online products, MenuCalc and LabelCalc, tout unsurpassed usability for servicing the restaurant and food manufacturing sectors. In addition to this most recent national endorsement, the company has also partnered with state restaurant associations in California, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, and Massachusetts.
“This partnership strengthens the credibility of both organizations, boosting the confidence of association members looking to benefit from the results of nutrition analysis,” said FoodCALC Brand Coordinator, Lara Baldwin. “Restaurant operators looking to start the seemingly daunting process of nutrition analysis can take comfort in knowing that the National Restaurant Association has done its due diligence.”
About The National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a work force of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America’s restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Web site at www.restaurant.org.
San Francisco, CA-based FoodCALC® LLC www.foodcalc.com, is the food industry's gold standard for web-based nutrition analysis solutions. Since 2003, the company has pioneered the use of internet-savvy technology to deliver instant, affordable nutrition data. In addition to its partnership with The National Restaurant Association, FoodCALC has also been endorsed by various state restaurant associations as a preferred nutrition analysis platform.
FoodCALC also owns LabelCalc®, which generates up-to-date FDA-compliant facts panels for food manufacturers. LabelCalc clients include the largest wholesale grocery distributor in the western United States Unified Grocers, the world's largest producers and distributors of fresh, ready-to-eat packaged salads Fresh Express, premium snack manufacturer Energy Club, soy yogurt producer WholeSoy & Co., and international airline caterer Gate Gourmet.
Multi-unit restaurants that have signed up for MenuCalc's nutrition analysis include Eugene, OR Abby's Legendary Pizza; Bend OR, Croutons Inc.; Louisville, KY based Texas Roadhouse; Indianapolis, IN based Steak 'n Shake; St Louis Park, MN- based Granite City Food & Brewery; and San Francisco, CA based Specialty's Cafe and Bakery.