Michigan grocers add calorie labeling on prepared foods
SpartanNash, the Michigan-based grocer that operates 83 Family Fare stores in five states, decided to add digital menu boards at the deli that specify calorie counts for their prepared foods. While this was supposed to be a provision of the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, the FDA has been slow to implement the menu labeling guidelines. SpartanNash decided to take the extra steps to comply and noted: “We want our store guests to make informed, better-for-you decisions when it comes to their meal options and portion sizes, and we believe the steps we have taken equip them to do just that,” said Larry Pierce, SpartanNash executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, in a statement.
Other grocery chains are taking notice and are also working on adding the information to their signage
- Walker-based grocer Meijer will have the nutrition labeling and signage for prepared foods in place at all of its 230 Midwest stores by June, a spokesman told MLive and The Grand Rapids Press.
- Kroger is also currently working on adding caloric information to product labels to its prepared foods. In the meantime, customers can request nutrition information for food in the deli, soup and salad bar, sushi kiosks, and bakery.
Want to know more about the Family Fare initiatives taken place in conjunction with the FDA rulings? Check out the full article at Michigan grocers add calorie labeling on prepared foods despite FDA rule delay