Skip to comments.Pizza chains fight plan to list calories on menus
Posted on 06/20/2012 9:09:19 AM PDT by Hojczyk
A Big Mac is a Big Mac.
But a pizza? There are 34 million ways to customize it, depending on toppings and crust and size, according to the number-crunchers at Dominos.
Thats the message that some of the nations largest pizza chains want to impress upon Capitol Hill lawmakers Wednesday as they push for changes to a proposed menu labeling plan that would force chain restaurants and other food outlets to post the calorie counts of the foods theyre selling.
A fledgling coalition of pizza chains including Dominos, Papa Johns, Little Caesars, Godfathers Pizza and Pizza Hut argues that the governments plan forces store owners to pay for in-store menu boards that most of their customers dont see before ordering. The American Pizza Community, as the coalition is called, says 90 percent of their orders are placed online and over the phone.
Then theres the problem of squeezing all the potential offerings onto one menu board.
A light bulb goes on when people hear about all the possible combinations for pizza, said Lynn Liddle, a Dominos executive and chair of the coalition. They start to realize how difficult it would be to take a one-size-fits-all approach.
Congress required menu labeling as part of the health-care reform law enacted in 2010, and the FDA has been working on the details ever since. The goal is to combat obesity by helping consumers make informed choices when they eat out, especially now that a third of the calories Americans consume come from foods prepared outside the home. Many studies show that calorie intake is higher when people dine out.
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This will raise the cost of eating out..who cares how may calories...this will
New York City, which adopted menu labeling in 2008, did its own study of purchases at about 170 of the citys top fast food chains and found that one in six customers used the calorie information. Those who did bought about 100 fewer calories than customers who did not see or use it.
You don’t need public trough feeding nanny staters to tell you this.
Pizza is high calorie and no one in his right mind wants to know the calorie count. You know it is high and either you burn it off (exercise) or eat less of other things.
Doesn’t seem that hard. Just itemize it and make a table.
Crust size, Sauce, Cheese, and each ingredient.
For those who are interested, they can do some math. Since very few customers actually use this data, this is more of a Gov’t requirement than anything else. Just do like McDonalds and make a table and put it on the back of the placemat or menu.
“Pizza is high calorie and no one in his right mind wants to know the calorie count. You know it is high and either you burn it off (exercise) or eat less of other things.”
Actually, I do. I no longer eat half a pizza at a sitting. One or two slices at most. There’s a lot of places that provide calorie counts for their foods. All things being equal (pizza never is tho) I would favor the pizza vendors with calorie information.
How about a generic warning label that states ‘eating too much pizza can make you fat’.
The wheels are falling off our country and we are worried about this? Please...
Reminds me of the old joke...
Guy goes into a pizza parlor and orders a large pie with everything. The proprietor asks him if he wants the pie cut into eight or sixteen slices. The guy responds, better make it eight, I don't think I can eat sixteen slices.
Like a friend of mine who cuts a cake in half and eats the half at a sitting. No wonder he’s 350 lbs
Gosh. Wouldn’t it be simple for a Calorie totalizer to be added to an on line order form?
Why, any mom and pop pizza parlor should be required to instal a Calorie Kiosk (at their own expense, of course!) in their restaurant to provide walk-in customers the same data their rich computer owning customers get. To deny the poor would be racist, wouldn’t it?
Call in orders? The same register that gives the total cost could easily give the total Calories, it should be a felony to not tell the customer before the order is placed!
If it keeps just one child from becoming obese, it will all be worth it...
The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza parlor and says, “Can you make me ONE with everything?”
Calorie totalizer - great idea! Even better would be to have the customer enter their height, weight, sex and age whereupon a custom menu of what they are allowed to consume is presented. Default would be a cup of water and a toothpick.
This is a joke.
I was a Pizza Hut cook many years ago. In theory, we were supposed to weigh the toppings (or optionally count the pepperoni). In reality, when it was busy, we just put the toppings on.
So, yeah, the oil (pan pizza), dough and sauce will be pretty uniform (one ladle for small, two for medium, three for large), but the cheese, meats and veggies? Not so much.
Eating too much pizza will make you fat. Story at 11.
Good grief. They need to put labels on gay dudes butts then. “Sticking someothing in here is very bad for you.”
Certainly worse for you than a large pizza with extra cheese.
Add race and political affiliation, and I think we got a winnah!
Sure, why not? Guy taking the order would just say, "Your total comes to $18.95 and 3462 calories. Have a great day." Who wouldn't want to hear that? Then, they could do one of those promotional things where if they forget to tell you, you get a free order of bread sticks or soda or something.
Hmmmm. Not as totalitarian as making Failure to Disclose Caloric Content a felony, but we can always work up to felony later...
There is no reason at all they can’t post the calories of a plain cheese pizza (in the different sizes and then with thin and regular crust) and then show how much calories are in a layer of double cheese on the aforementioned. Once they do that, they could easily list approximations for the toppings...it wouldn’t be THAT hard. Sheesh...you’d think they were trying to map the human genome they way they talk.
he he...the guy was definitely an Obama voter.
Yes, I don'tt know why they say this is so difficult.
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