Nutritional Information Solutions
We provide a service to calculate the nutritional content of food products for the UK food industry (especially Small Medium Enterprises, SMEs), Trading Standards Organisations and others in order to satisfy the needs of food producers who need reliable and accurate nutritional information for labelling their products as required by new EU regulations (see below).
The calculation of nutrient content is cost effective compared to direct analysis but can be difficult for food SMEs that have little or no knowledge of nutrition and food composition. We have developed and tested systems to help food producers to provide nutritional information calculated from their recipes – a cost effective and quicker alternative to laboratory analysis.
Our independence, reputation and expertise in the production of the UK Composition of Foods (McCance and Widdowson) datasets and nutrition knowledge allows us to be your experts. Using the recipe information that you provide us with we can help you to produce the nutritional labelling you require on your products. Where additional nutritional information is needed for ingredients, we are uniquely placed to obtain and evaluate information provided. This service has been designed in collaboration with Norfolk Trading Standards, as well as with food SMEs.
How to proceed
Nutritional Information costs are £35 per product which is reduced to £25 per product for six or more products. Should you require traffic lights there is an extra charge of £5 per product. Please note that all prices are subject to VAT.
You will need to provide a list of ingredients and the quantities used for each ingredient for every product/recipe you submit. The final prepared (cooked) weight of each product is also needed so that any weight loss during preparation can be calculated. It would also be useful to know which brands or suppliers you are using for each ingredient. If there are no issues with your recipe we’ll aim to get your labels to you within 5 working days.
In order to proceed you need to:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest in our service
2. You will be sent by email our Recipe Template to complete – 1 excel worksheet per product
3. Send us back your completed Recipe Templates
4. Pay for the required services online – an electronic payment link will be sent to you via email
We then calculate your nutritional information and send this to you in a PDF format (or another form on request).
New Software Calculation Service now available
We also offer a software calculation service with our partners Nutritics who are currently running a 7 day free trial – see this link for further details;
They are specialists in nutrition software and we have added our scientific knowledge and expertise within nutrition to create this high integrity software service. You can use our software to calculate your own nutritional labels but also to obtain allergen and quid information, and even manage your costings and design your own label to print. Our premium self-calculation service includes the benefit of being able to have some of your recipes verified for accuracy should you choose to. Our ‘NIS Nutritics’ software calculation starts from £19 per month.
If you need any further information we have a number of FAQs on the website and our blog, if you have technical questions about labelling regulations, this guidance document created by FoodDrinkEurope may be of assistance to you;
If you would like to discuss a specific query please email us with as much information as possible and we will get back to you as soon as we can (email@example.com).
The EC Food Information Regulations (EU 1169/2011), which include nutritional information started on 13th December 2014 and were mandatory from 13th December 2016 and replace the previous food labelling regulations.
The nutrients that must be included on all nutritional information are: Energy, Fat, Saturated Fat, Carbohydrate, Total Sugars, Protein and Salt.
The Regulations say that general average nutritional values for ingredients can be used to calculate nutritional information for products. DEFRA ( the Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) guidance states that data from McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods can be employed for this purpose.
FoodDrinkEurope have produced a detailed guidance document to help understand the requirements of the new regulations.