Major Chains To Post Calorie Info On Menu Boards Ahead Of Legislation

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Panera Bread and McDonald’s U.S. are preparing to post calorie information on their menu boards ahead of legislation mandating restaurants to display the nutritional information of their offerings.

In Canada, Panera Bread has announced it will post calorie information on menu boards at its site in the country, starting Sept. 12.

“We are pleased to further our commitment in Canada by being one of the first restaurants to provide this level of transparency to customers,” said Scott Davis, Panera Bread Company’s executive vice-president and chief concept officer. “It comes from our commitment to providing nutrition information and wholesome foods our customers can trust.”

Meanwhile, McDonald’s U.S. announced it will start posting calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus in the U.S., starting Monday. This comes ahead of legislation passed by U.S. Supreme Court that would require restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calorie information. Similar legislation is being considered in Canada. “The conversation has progressed differently in Canada than it has in the U.S.,” reads a McDonald’s Canada statement. “McDonald’s Canada is actively working with all levels of government, NGOs and industry stakeholders to develop an appropriate ‘Made-in-Canada’ solution to displaying comprehensive nutrition information that is easily accessible to customers prior to purchase.”

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