The Scottish Government has today announced that it will be delaying the planned implementation of mandatory calorie labelling.
Responding to this announcement, UKHospitality Scotland Executive Director Leon Thompson said:
“I’m pleased the Scottish Government has listened to the concerns of UKHospitality Scotland and delayed the introduction of mandatory calorie labelling.
“The planned introduction was additional red-tape that hospitality businesses scarcely need and would have come with enormous cost. The implementation of calorie labelling in England is costing affected businesses, on average, £20,000 per year and it was crucial that was avoided in Scotland.
“With customer preference on this issue incredibly variable and a lack of evidence that calorie labelling makes a meaningful difference, it’s no surprise that the vast majority are opposed to its introduction.
“I would urge the Scottish Government to permanently drop this policy and focus on reducing red-tape for businesses, not increasing it.”