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A Working Example of Calories on Menus - Carton House

Following the release of the FSAI report on Calories on Menus last week and the probability that it will become an industry standard, in time, many restaurants are wondering how they can implement this action.



The report recommends the introduction of a calorie menu labelling scheme for food service businesses.  The report also recommends that the scheme should be operated on a voluntary basis initially to allow a period of time for the development of a system, including technical tools, to support the food service sector.




One Hotel Group in Ireland that contacted me to say they are already offering  a comprehensive nutritional analysis of each dish on their menus is Carton House based in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. 


Their restaurant's menus include allergen & lifestyle symbols with calorie counting  and provide an online nutritional breakdown on their website for guests to check out meal options in advance.


Allergen & Lifestyle Symbols by HealthPro.ie

The company have used a system devised by HealthPro who were featured on RTE's 'Operation Transformation' TV program. The Dublin-based nutrition & exercise company work along side the head chef or other appointed person to provide an establishment with a comprehensive nutritional analysis of each dish on the menu. All Food items have had their calorific value calculated based on their portion size and are marked using trademarked Allergen & Lifestyle Symbols.

Breakfast Menu at Browns Bar & Cafe

Browns Bar and Café  by Carton House is housed on the lower ground level of Brown Thomas in Grafton Street. "Our Menu recognises the many varied dietary requirements and lifestyle choices that exist today" said David Webster, General Manager for Carton House. "They include a variety of dishes from healthy breakfasts and mid-morning snacks to afternoon tea and desserts all clearly marked with content information to cater for all allergen, lifestyle and dietary requirements."

The Calorie and Allergens displayed on the menu at the Coach House Restaurant

The Coach House Restaurant Menu contains traditional dishes that have wheat free, dairy free, vegan, and gluten free options available, all clearly marked. They pride themselves on using local and Irish produce. "The introduction of new healthier options on the kids menus including Baked Salmon and Roast Chicken will take the stress and hard work out of dining out as a family" said Mr Webster.

The Allergen & Lifestyle Symbols are explained on the menu


See www.cartonhouse.com for more & www.HealthPro.ie for more information on Menu Analysis.

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