Improved tech ensures caterers are ready for change

Fairway Foodservice, the buying and marketing wholesale group, is helping wholesalers and caterers meet impending changes to legislation on food labelling and information to customers with the relaunch of its food information for consumers (FIC) app.

The Erudus One programme, a detailed product specification database, allows Fairway members and their customers to view information about more than 9,500 products. The redeveloped app has been redesigned with greater usability in mind and allows improved access from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

The new food information regulations from the European Union (Regulation EU No 1169/2011) come into force on December 13. They will require food manufacturers and caterers to display or make available an increased range of information about their food, including mandatory nutrition labelling and an indication of allergens in the ingredient list.

Chris Binge, chief executive of Fairway Foodservice, said: “While the new legislation will help the general public gain a better understanding of the content of food they eat, it’ll be a challenge for businesses throughout the foodservice industry to meet the new requirements.

“The regulations will have a particularly significant impact on the service caterers provide, and we believe that Erudus One will help make their lives much easier once the changes come into play. We’re proud to have developed this technology in-house, and we are pleased to share the app with other foodservice wholesalers in our industry. Too often we see duplication of systems, which requires a duplication of effort from our suppliers. We strongly believe in collaboration wherever possible to increase efficiency and reduce the costs for all parties.”

Erudus One was originally designed by Fairway Foodservice in 2007, and is now used by 37 wholesalers across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, with a collective turnover of more than £1 billion, serving more than 60,000 caterers. 

For more information on Erudus One, visit http://www.erudus.com

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