In this competitive market of food retailers, Subway IP Inc. made announcements to add-on calories count on its menu boards of 27,000 outlets across United States by 11 April 2016 – inspite of another delay in a federal rule.
Taking in counter federal health care maintenance, a rule was passed in year 2010 asking major chains to show calorie counts over their menu boards – an easy quick way to maintain health and food choice. After weighing retailers’ concerns, the final rule had been laid forward by Food and Drug Administration two years back giving *establishments to comply – until the end of last year.
(*Rule enforcement requiring food sellers with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menu boards)
“I think consumers are looking for this, and with all the delays, they’re confused as to why it’s not out there.” – Leader of Subway’s global nutrition efforts, Lanette Kovachi
INSIGHT: As what an official press release reports, Subway had already been into listing nutritional information on its tray liners, cups, sneeze guards and napkins, in year 1997. The company began serving rotisserie-style chicken raised without antibiotics in March and will begin phasing in antibiotic-free turkey by next year (source: Market Watch).
The sandwich retailer further claims to have posted calorie counts on menu boards on around 4,000 outlets in New York City and California. On a similar note, it says to be testing the new menu board — incorporating calorie count — in more 7,000 outlets. The remainder of its stores should have the new menu boards by next week, the company said.
Since calorie counts for Subway sandwiches vary depending on consumers’ choice of toppings, the food chain claimed its menu boards to list information for particular sandwiches.
Keeping this in regard, calorie counts on menu further encourage food sellers to re-consider recipes in order to gain receipt in consensus with their business statistics, as per the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
UPDATE: Subway also promises to use cage-free eggs in North America by year 2025.
According to 10 research studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Evidence Library on how calories count menus influence food choices, a deduced result referred to ‘limited and inconsistent evidence’ to support any association between the two variables.