In response to Food Standards Scotland consultation on making food outside the home healthier, Chair of the British Takeaway Campaign, Ibrahim Dogus, said:
“Takeaways are already responding to changing consumer demand, with almost three-quarters (73%) offering small portion sizes, two-thirds (65% ) adding low-fat dishes, and more than 9 in 10 (96%) providing vegetarian options on their menus. These small tweaks can add up to have a big overall impact, helping customers make healthier choices whether they are eating out or ordering in.
"Many of the small, independent businesses that characterise the sector would like to go further, but don't have the resources to do so. Businesses face a number of challenges, which the British Takeaway Campaign is working to tackle, including skills shortages, rising costs, and business rates.
“More could be done to support a sector that directly contributes £4.5 billion to the economy each year, and employs more than 231,000 people. That is why we are calling on the Government to provide a simple online calorie calculator to help independent takeaways give their customers the information they need to make informed choices about the food they eat."
Notes to Editors:
The British Takeaway Campaign (BTC) is an umbrella group, championing those involved in the supply and preparation of takeaway food. The group brings together 15 organisations representing the breadth of the industry, from curry and kebab houses to fish and chip shops, Chinese restaurants and pizzerias.
According to independent research by the BTC, the takeaway sector supports 231,000 jobs and takeaways themselves directly contributed £4.5bn in gross value added (GVA) contributions to UK GDP in 2016, rising to £9.4 billion when factoring in the multiplier effect of supply-chain and employee spending – equivalent to 0.5% of GDP.
The BTC’s members are:
Find more information about the BTC on the website and follow GB_Takeaway on Twitter.
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