How to print food allergen and nutrition labels

Just as Caternet can print Kitchen Recipe Cards, publish to interactive online menus and in-store digital displays; allergen, sub-allergen, and nutrition data can be declared easily through our labelling tool.

Designed to conform with Front of pack (FoP) nutrition label for pre-packed products sold through retail outlets, uses extend beyond food-to-go and Central Production Kitchens. The ‘traffic light’ system is easily read and widely understood, and there is growing demand to implement this across schools, universities, corporate catering, care and patient feeding.

What needs to go on a food label

A Front of Pack label needs to contain:

  • Energy value in kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal) per 100g/ml.
  • Specified portion of the product.
  • Grams of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt in grams, in a specified portion of the product.
  • Portion size information expressed in a way that is easily recognisable by, and meaningful to the consumer. For example, ¼ of a pie or 1 burger.
  • % Reference Intake information based on the amount of each nutrient and energy value in a portion of the food.
  • Colour coding of the nutrient content of the food.

How to print your labels

How to print food allergen and nutrition labels

Caternet exports the information direct from the Recipes building module to an A4 size PDF – meaning no expensive label printer is required. Should your recipe data change (such as an ingredient, portion size, introduction of an allergen via a new supplier) then this updates automatically – with no guesswork or calculation required.

  • Quantities can be adjusted up to 18 per page.
  • You can include recipe categories (such as ‘Fresh Daily’ in the example above). Business and Industry might choose ‘Meal Deal’, whereas the Education sector could display ‘Student Option’ etc.
  • If you haven’t already, you can add your materials supplier to Caternet to ensure you’re gaining the most from eProcurement.

No label printer requirement (just a colour printer) leaves you free to tie the results in with your brand. Avery for example offers options through many colours and textures; plus freezable, waterproof, and recycled/recyclable.

Head Office control of food data

The printing tool shares the same risk-limiting features as Recipe Cards. This means a Trading Location cannot print if:

  • a recipe hasn’t been approved and published by your Head Office.
  • allergen, sub-allergen or nutritional information is missing.

When used with our Erudus One Data Pool integration (Single Source of Truth), this gives further piece of mind that central control of regulatory responsibilities remain, especially with Natasha’s Law on the horizon.

If you’d like to learn more about how implement Caternet’s allergy and nutrition tools at your food business, visit our Allergy Control guide or, click here to get in touch.

James Waldron is Marketing Manager at Zupa

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