Health and Nutrition
Our customers increasingly need nutritional information about the food we supply. With a range of nutritional analysis services that can be executed by laboratories, software programs or registered dietitians, we are working to help customers comply with new FDA regulations that require them to provide calorie information on all menu items and other nutritional information upon request. (The ruling, which takes effect in December 2015, applies to chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations.)
We also address the health and nutrition of our offerings through a variety of tools and programs.
Sysco's interactive, web-based eNutrition tool provides product nutrition and allergen information about foods we supply. Designed to help customers search a large product database to create, analyze, print and e-mail their own custom recipes or menus, it provides inputs that may be helpful in determining the total nutritional content of prepared menu items.
The Sysco Healthy and Positive Eating (SHAPE) program provides education, tools and resources to our customers and their patrons in support of a balanced approach to enjoying food. SHAPE helps our customers gain insight into the items they may incorporate into their recipes to build healthy menu offerings.
Since it was launched in FY2013, SHAPE has helped to provide healthier dining options for children in an effort to eliminate childhood obesity. As the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) endorsed distribution partner, we offer the only proprietary turnkey program for operators supporting the Kids LiveWellSM program. This industry-wide initiative helps parents and children select healthful dining-out options by encouraging them to eat fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy and to limit their intake of unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium. Participating restaurants commit to offering and growing a selection of healthful meal items for children.
In 2014, SHAPE launched a comprehensive Gluten-Free Toolkit, responding to industry trends, customer needs and FDA food labeling regulations. Designed to educate customers and associates about a gluten-free diet, the toolkit includes a gluten-free product listing (updated monthly), a gluten-free catalog, training materials and additional resources.