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Grocer complies with FDA mandate

June 19, 2017
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SpartanNash Family Fare sushi items
A Family Fare supermarket sells various packages of sushi. Courtesy SpartanNash

A locally based grocer has complied with a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandate.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash said last month it now labels all “restaurant-type” food items served at its 83 Family Fare supermarkets with their caloric and nutritional values.

In those stores, self-serve and restaurant-type pre-packaged items now display calories per serving. Other nutritional facts like carbohydrates, fat and sugar content can be provided upon request.

The federal mandate was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and enforcement was delayed from 2015 to December 2016 and again to May 5, 2017, before once again being extended to May of 2018.

“As a value-added service to them, SpartanNash is dedicated to providing our store guests with product information throughout our stores, despite the delay in implementing the FDA rule,” said Larry Pierce, EVP of merchandising and marketing, SpartanNash. “We want our store guests to make informed, better-for-you decisions when it comes to their meal options and portion sizes, and we believe the steps we have taken equip them to do just that.”

The rollout included installation of digital menu boards in each Family Fare deli, allowing SpartanNash the ability to update menu displays and calorie counts.

SpartanNash also built and manages an ingredient database within the retail store recipe management system, which allows the digital boards to update in real-time.

The company has also installed signs in bakeries on bulk items like donuts and rolls and on build-your-own salad bars and grab-and-go items like sushi, soups and sandwiches.

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