Restaurant Menu Watch: Menu labeling may spur restaurants to cut calories

Restaurant Menu Watch: Menu labeling may spur restaurants to cut calories

NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn breaks down what you should be watching in the industry this week. Connect with him on the latest marketing trends and news at [email protected] and @foodwriterdiary. RELATED: • How Maggiano’s dropped calories, kept flavor on its menu • Restaurants add flavor, cut calories with sauces • More food and beverage news

As a government agency predicted nearly a decade ago, requiring restaurants to post calorie information on their menus seems to have resulted in restaurants voluntarily scaling back on those calories.

Those regulations are only in effect in a few jurisdictions in the United States, but chain restaurants across the country know that they’re coming and are apparently responding to it in advance, or to customers’ demands for lower-calorie items.

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