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Nutritional Information Solutions

Institute of Food Research, Norwich, United Kingdom
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We calculate the nutritional content of food products for the UK food industry, Trading Standards and others in order to satisfy new EU regulations. We provide a service to calculate the nutritional content of food products for the UK food industry (especially Small Medium Enterprises), Trading Standards Organisations and others in order to satisfy the requirements of new EU regulations.

The calculation of nutrient content is cost effective compared to direct analysis but can be difficult for food companies that have little or no knowledge of nutrition and food composition. Calculation software may be available from a range of providers but is limited by the need for producers to accurately match their ingredients to available food composition data and to take into account nutrient changes during production.

We have developed and tested systems to help food producers to provide nutritional information calculated from their recipes – a cost effective and quicker alternative to laboratory analysis.

Our experts have a proven reputation and expertise in the production of the UK Composition of Foods (McCance and Widdowson) datasets and nutrition knowledge qualifying them to be your experts.

We would be very happy to work with UK  food producers in order to meet the updated labeling requirements. If you would like us to help you please contact us today.

Opening Hours

Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00

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What’s in our parsnip? One of our Food Databanks team has grown some monstrous parsnips, which got us thinking. If we were stuck on her allotment with nothing to eat than this comedy whopper, what nutrients would we get from it and if we sold it on, could we make a nutrition claim on it? Here is what we found: Weight 1041g (length 34cm*) Per parsnip: Kcal: 783 Protein: 18.7g Carbohydrate: 124g of which is sugars: 57g Fibre: 49g Fat: 11.4g Salt: 0.3g Nutrition claims we could use: Low fat Very low salt Source of Fibre Source of potassium, thiamin (vitamin B1), folic acid and vitamin C *not an essential for calculating nutritional information We have assumed that since we are supposed to be eating this on the allotment, we have not peeled it. But we also assume we have found ways of washing it so we have not included nutrients present in all that soil you can see, or the worm you can’t. If you would like to know more about the composition of foods visit our website (http://fooddatabanks.ifr.ac.uk/) and if you would like information on how to calculate a nutrition label pop over to http://www.nutritionalinformationsolutions.com/

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We labelled Burns night! Have you wondered if you prepacked your Burn’s night supper what the label would say? No, neither had we, until today, when we at Food Databanks did, and here’s what we found. We used some traditional recipes and nutritional labelling self-calculation software to produce the following labels. Starter: Cullen skink Smoked haddock soup Main: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties Haggis, turnips and potatoes Dessert: Cranachan Whipped cream, whisky, honey, raspberries, with toasted oatmeal If you would like to try some label calculations yourself with your own recipes, there is a free trial of the software available on our website www.nutritionalinformationsolutions.com Disclaimers: It’s worth noting, in case you were worried, that your supper celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns will not be diminished if you do not know the nutritional composition of your dishes. Additionally, recipes vary, so with different quantities and types of ingredients you may get widely different nutritional information from those we produced. We have not calculated the calories from the liberal lashings of wine or ale you may drink with dinner nor those in the customary whisky sauce used to douse the haggis, which may well be neat whisky.

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Minced meat or Mincemeat? We have had a bit of festive fun with a few hints and tips if you are using our new NIS Nutritics software to calculate the nutrition label for your Christmas fare, we hope you find them useful! Turkey: A very important question for nutrient levels: Are you a leg or breast person? Crackers: The ones that go bang, with a hat and a gift will not need nutrition labelling, the ones for cheese will. Duck: Check you are using nutritional information for the bird, not for Bombay duck which is a fish, actually it’s a lizardfish, just how confusing can food names be?! Beef Wellington: Wellington not available in McCance and Widdowson’s Composition of Foods, we suggest you refer to the manufacturers specification sheet, try Dunlop or Hunter. Roast potatoes: Type of fat you roast them in will affect the nutrients. Brussels sprouts: Why Sprouts? Just why? Sorry, I mean why calculate, you don’t need to, they are a single ingredient food. Gravy: Home-made gravy is difficult to calculate due to all the potential variations in the different meat juices, we suggest you pause dinner and send for lab analysis. Yorkshire puddings: Yorkshire is not an ingredient; neither is this a dessert. Try egg, flour and oil. Pigs in blankets: Blankets are not included in software systems, we suggest you choose bacon, streaky. Christmas pudding: The reason you steam puddings for 8 hours is to allow you time to calculate the nutrient information from the 20 ingredients you have used. Yule log: Unlikely to contain any logs. Mincemeat: Don’t get confused with this food name, this is not minced meat, but a mixture of chopped dried fruit, spices and if you are lucky some spirits. Gingerbread: If a gingerbread man is in a gingerbread house, is the house made of flesh or is he made of house, just wondering. Alcoholic beverages: Energy is required, for the label, not so much for toasting absent friends. Antacid tablet: Does not need nutrition labelling. We hope that helps. Don’t forget, unless you are exempt, nutrition labels are mandatory from 14th December 2016. If in the New Year you need any help with your nutritional information please do check out our website where we are offering a free trial of our new self-calculation software. (http://www.nutritionalinformationsolutions.com/) Merry Christmas from all at NIS! *Mincemeat was first created as a way of preserving meat — usually mutton — without having to salt or smoke it. It became a Christmas staple when the Crusaders returned home in the 12th century with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The three spices used in this recipe were symbolic of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the Magi, therefore linking this recipe to Christmas. The spices contain antimicrobial properties that helped keep the meat through winter (and also probably masked any flavors of old meat). The meat used was normally finely chopped — also known as minced in cooking lingo — and that’s where this pastry got its name. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/mincemeat-explained_n_6288020.html

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From the 14th December 2016 most pre-packed foods sold outside of a local 35 mile area should have the requisite nutritional labelling. To mark the passing of the compliance deadline Nutritional Information Solutions is offering a 10% discount on our we do it for nutritional label calculation service until the end of January 2017. Please use code tabl10 when you submit online. http://nutritionalinformationsolutions.com We are also offering a free seven day trial of our NIS Nutritics software if you would like to calculate your own results using our one stop shop labelling solution. https://www.nutritics.com/p/labelling Our ‘foodie partners’ tabl.com are offering all NIS customers and followers £10 off their website purchases. Please use code NIS10 to obtain your £10 off amazing food, drinks, gifts and popup dining experiences by the 16th December. Interested in being a producer or host with tabl? Get in touch on their website!

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Food Business Bootcamp November 16th - Norwich City Football Club Legends Lounge Only £25 per delegate or free to members of Taste of Anglia, Grub Club and Proudly Norfolk 10am - 4pm with lunch provided, free parking NIS are proud to team up with ABC Food Law to offer this great bootcamp to food producers - click here to register and to find out more info: http://bit.ly/2exBbvL

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We are happy to be the bearer of good news, the Department of Health have issued clarification on manufacturers exempt from mandatory nutrition declaration on foodstuffs. Full details are included in their updated Technical Guidance on Nutrition Labelling available here http://bit.ly/2dJUdgV To be exempt you have to consider the size of your business AND who you are supplying your products to 1. First essential: Are you a micro business? A micro business under the EU and UK definition has less than 10 employees and a turnover/balance sheet total of less than €2m (£1.4m). If you can answer yes to this then you need to consider the following: 2. Do you only supply local retail establishments? Local is defined as those in the same county as the manufacturer or in an adjoining county provided this is no more than 35 miles (50 KM) from the county border. If you are a micro business and answer yes to this you are exempt. 3. Do you supply direct to the consumer? Micro businesses supplying foodstuffs direct to the consumer (including distance sales, e.g. internet sales) are exempt from requiring nutrition labelling. 4. Is your produce supplied via local third party? Food need not have nutrition labelling if it is made by a micro business and then supplied to the consumer via a third party, however this third party must be a local retail establishment supplying direct to the consumer. We hope this helps clarify the exemptions for you. However, don’t forget having a nutrition label gives value and credibility to your product and also enables you to sell beyond the constraints of the exemptions as your business grows, future proofing your packaging. If you need help producing your label find out more on our website (http://www.nutritionalinformationsolutions.com/) and Like us on Facebook to receive Nutritional news updates regularly

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A nice little article about our service helping food producers supply nutritional information on their products, Issue 122 of Food & Drink Matters goo.gl/6LX0na

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