Consumers support nutritional disclosure

In a recently completed survey of restaurant user attitudes, Technomic found that 65% favor nutritional labeling in restaurants, with the strongest demand for listing of calories and sodium content. Seventy percent of consumers say they care that chain restaurants disclose calorie and other nutritional information on their menus and 68% want nutritional information on all restaurant menus, not just chains. About the same percentage claim that having this information is helpful in making ordering decisions and believe it has a positive impact on consumer health and nutrition.

While only 38% want local, state and/or federal government to play a more active role in regulating health and nutrition in restaurants, 58% expect governments will become more active.

In a related study of New York City restaurant user sentiment toward the recent ban on foodservice sales of large size servings of sugary drinks, Technomic data reveal 51% support the ban.

Bob Goldin, Technomic’s Executive Vice President and director of the referenced study, believes consumers will demand increasing transparency from restaurants. He says that “consumers believe that more readily available information will help them make more informed choices when eating out. As a consequence, we expect restaurants will face growing pressure for more comprehensive nutritional disclosure.”