NRA releases info on nutrition trends and initiatives
Download “On the Menu: Restaurant Nutrition Initiatives”
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) recently released its “On The Menu: Restaurant Nutrition Initiatives” report, offering insight into nutrition trends and initiatives throughout the restaurant industry, including menu labeling, children’s nutrition and food safety training.
“Nutrition and wellness are a top priority for the restaurant industry,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association. “With consumers having an increased interest in health and nutrition, particularly over the past several years, our industry continues to find ways to meet the growing demand for nutritious options. This report highlights the great work restaurants are doing to promote health and wellness, as well as the challenges and goals currently facing the industry.”
As a primary advocate for the national menu labeling standard, the NRA has been critical to the movement to establish uniform nutrition information for consumers nationwide. The law will require restaurant chains with 20 or more locations operating under the same brand to provide detailed nutrition information to consumers on menus and menu boards.
NRA also continues to be a leading resource for the industry on food safety training, with its ServSafe program launching a new ServSafe Allergens course to help restaurants serve the 15 million Americans with food allergies.
According to the NRA’s 2013 Restaurant Industry Forecast, 86 percent of adults say there are more healthy options at restaurants than there were two years ago and 71 percent of adults say they are trying to eat healthier now at restaurants than they did two years ago.
NRA research also shows that a third of all adults have gone online to get nutrition data on restaurant food and four of the top ten hottest menu trends in the Association’s What’s Hot in 2013 Chef Survey are nutrition related, including healthful kids’ meals and gluten-free cuisine.
“On The Menu: Restaurant Nutrition Initiatives” can be downloaded for free at https://www.restaurant.org/getattachment/Industry-Impact/Food-Healthy-Living/Nutrition-Report_Final_low.pdf