In a competitive landscape, it’s essential that menus cater to health-conscious customers. It’s not enough to just offer healthier or low-calorie options. Guests need to be able to find this information quickly and easily. That way, they can make smart decisions about where to spend their money. In addition to maintaining compliance with the FDA Food Labeling Regulations, how can you use menu labeling to attract healthy eaters to your restaurant?
Inc.com revealed that the number one New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier (71%), while more than half of respondents resolved to lose weight. Of those surveyed, 32% also wanted to save more and spend less money. With the right options, your menu can empower guests to stick to their resolutions, and attract healthy eaters.
Plus, the desire to eat healthier isn’t limited to the start of the year. Our research found that two-thirds of consumers want to know the nutritional information of every dish on the menu when dining out.
How can you use this healthy-eating trend to your advantage, and attract the ever-growing number of more health-conscious customers?
The first step is including healthy options on your menu. This means equipping your chefs with the tools they need to get creative while keeping nutritional values in mind. With a recipe and menu engineering solution that includes nutritional information for each ingredient, your chefs can experiment with different recipe options. They can create menus that are lower in sugar or fat — without compromising flavor.
Nutritional information isn’t the only thing to bear in mind. You also need to make sure that the healthy options will be both affordable for your guests and profitable for your business. With the right system, your chefs can see how the different ingredients affect the cost of creating the dishes, and the achievable margins. This allows them to find innovative options that also make financial sense.
Once the healthy options have been added to the menu, the updated information must be readily available to your guests. Scoping out websites and apps is an essential part of deciding where to eat. If nutritional information is missing and up-to-date menus are unavailable, health-conscious guests may go elsewhere.
This is where technology can help. With a menu and engineering solution, you can automate the publishing of menus (and nutritional and allergen information) to your website. Your prospective customers then get all the information they need when deciding where to go.
What’s more, these web pages and apps can be interactive, allowing customers to filter items and create a personalized dining experience. You can also include options for substitutions. If a guest chooses to customize a dish, nutritional information will update automatically.
Aside from catering to health-conscious customers, you’ll also be providing a positive customer experience. Even if a guest gives up early on their New Year’s resolution, they’ll still have a great reason to return.
Our complimentary white paper shows how nutritional and allergen information can be used as a competitive advantage.
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