Creating Your Menu: How a Nutrition Facts Calculator Can Help

Large restaurant franchises have been searching for easy ways to build their menus. The shifts in the industry have posed significant challenges for big business owners everywhere. Menu creation should be a source of excitement and creativity, but this process has become unnecessarily stressful and time-consuming. There’s a better way! 

Using a nutrition facts calculator to build a comprehensive and FDA-compliant menu is the wave of the future. Here’s how nutritional analysis software is changing the game when it comes to menu creation.

Display Your Nutrition Facts With Ease

For restaurants with over 20 locations, the FDA requires an accurate depiction of nutrition facts on their menus. This can cause additional stress for business owners with an already-busy roster of things to do. Analyzing each recipe to evaluate nutritional content, allergens, or calorie content takes away from the joy of creating a menu. Menu creation is meant to be a unique way of communicating your restaurant’s brand and values. It should stay that way.

How a Nutrition Fact Calculator Works

Using SmartMenu technology, the tedious task of recipe analysis is put on the back burner. This way, you can focus on the things that matter when building your restaurant’s menu. Here’s how a nutrition fact calculator does the work for you, so you don’t have to.

Built-In Ingredient Database

With over 300,000 ingredients and counting, SmartMenu has an expansive database of ingredients to pull from. You can build your menu from the ground up by inputting the ingredients you use in each recipe. Nutrition facts are automatically analyzed for you. Allergens are marked. You can easily create nutritional labels for your menus using SmartMenu technology. Thanks to a built-in ingredient database, recipe creation is easy.

You Can Input Your Recipes

Do you have any in-house recipes? How about location-specific specials? If you make any special sauces, doughs, dressings, or marinades, you can input each recipe individually. The ingredient database gives way to limitless recipe options. This way, you can get creative when building your menu.

Recipes are Organized for Easy Access

Your recipes are automatically organized on the SmartMenu platform. If you ever need to make any adjustments to recipes, add new ones, or delete existing ones, everything is already there. You’ll have an organized menu without doing any of the hard work. Plus, there are in-program training materials if you ever need extra guidance when building your menu.

Why Invest in Nutrition Software

More companies are turning toward nutrition software to create their menus. Here’s why.

Your Menu Grows With Your Business

As your business grows and expands over time, your menu should, too. SmartMenu allows total flexibility, so you can make any changes needed to support your business. Your menu should be a living document, not a stagnant one, and nutrition software can help

You’ll Easily Meet FDA Regulations

Keeping up with the ever-evolving nature of the FDA can be a challenge for big businesses. SmartMenu is built to help businesses stay FDA-compliant. With built-in FDA standards, you’ll never miss a beat with the FDA again. This makes menu creation a much easier feat.

You’ll Gain Customer Loyalty

Customers with allergies and food restrictions will appreciate your expertise in your menu. SmartMenu helps restaurants maintain transparency when it comes to major allergens. Thanks to SmartMenu’s intuitive allergen-flagging feature, customers with allergies can dine safely in your establishment. They’ll come back for more, knowing they can trust your business.

You’ll Save Money in the Long-Run

Hiring a professional to perform nutritional analysis for your menu, or analyzing your menu manually is both time-consuming and costly. Investing in nutrition software will make menu creation easier and less expensive. You’ll save money, you’ll save time, and you can create your menu with greater ease.

Want to find out how MenuCalc can support you in creating your restaurant menu? Contact us and speak with one of our expert team members today.

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