Menu Labeling Effective Monday

It may have actually become law back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), but was never legally enforced – until now. Menu labeling enforcement becomes effective on Monday, May 7. The enforcement trigger was set to be effective one year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) delayed it…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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FDA Issues Menu Labeling Guidance

Menu labeling, initially passed into law as part of ObamaCare back in January of 2010, has yet to be implemented, but the latest iteration was released last week by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This latest final version is slated to become effective on May 7, 2018 and its purpose is largely to provide…

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New York City Agrees to Menu-Labeling Delay

In the wake of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filing court papers a few weeks ago intervening in a current court case challenging the New York City menu-labeling mandate, the Big Apple has agreed to delay implementation. Under the terms of a stipulation filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of…

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Feds Urge Court To Block NYC Menu Labeling

Well, the federal requirement for menu labeling, passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) back in 2010, may have been delayed for another year, but New York City is scheduled to begin enforcing its own labeling mandate next Monday. That fact was enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

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FDA Kicks Menu Labeling Down The Road

Although we have to believe most affected restaurant chains were all ready for the new menu labeling requirements to become effective today, May 5 – it’s not necessarily a bad turn of events that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of the mandate until 2018. The requirement, which was mandated as part…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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FDA Extends “Healthy” Food Comment Period

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formally extended the comment period associated with the federal definition of “healthy” foods both generally and for the purposes of nutritional labeling. Originally, the comment period was set to close on January 26, 2017. As the new year approached however, the FDA received many requests to extend the…

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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FDA Has New Definition of Healthy

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised and updated its definition of healthy as relates the nutritional contents of packaged foods.  In a guidance issued last week, the agency seeks to first reconcile the parameters of “healthy” with its own new Nutrition Facts Panel rule that was adopted in May. The new definition…

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