Which outlets & NSW laws?

The NSW laws apply to larger 'fast' and snack food chains and supermarkets.

If the chains have:

  • 20 or more outlets in NSW, or
  • 50 or more outlets in Australia
they have to display kJ values in NSW for their 'standard food items' from 1 February 2012. Many of these are in our food database.

From 13 February 2013, selected supermarkets also carry kJ values for 'standard' ready-to-eat foods such as hot chickens, salads, some cakes and bakery items. You will find this kJ information alongside the product description and price on the shelf or on the product itself.

Smaller chains and supermarkets with fewer outlets are not included, but may volunteer to display the information for their customers. Single outlet brands are not included.

Businesses that need to display kJ values include:

Burgers

  • Hungry Jack's
  • Grill'd
  • McDonalds, incl. McCafe

Bakery, Cake

  • Baker's Delight
  • Breadtop
  • Brumby's
  • Pie Face
  • The Cheesecake Shop

Chicken

  • Country Chicken
  • KFC
  • Nando's
  • Oporto
  • Red Lea
  • Red Rooster

Coffee, Café

  • Gloria Jean's Coffees
  • Jamaica Blue
  • Michel's Patisserie
  • Muffin Break
  • The Coffee Club: Club, Kiosk
  • Wild Bean Café
  • Zarraffa's Coffee

Donut

  • Donut King

Icecream

  • Baskin Robbins
  • Cold Rocks Ice Creamery
  • New Zealand Natural
  • Wendy's

Juice, Cold drink

  • Boost Juice
  • Chatime
  • Easy Way

Kebab, Grill

  • Ali Baba

Noodle, Stir Fry, Sushi

  • Noodle Box

Pizza, Pasta, Italian

  • Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
  • Domino's
  • Eagle Boys Pizza
  • La Porchetta
  • Pizza Capers
  • Pizza Hut

Salad Bar

  • Sumo Salad

Sandwich

  • Subway

Supermarkets

  • Coles
  • IGA Metcash Franklins
  • Woolworths

This list will change from time to time and may not be current. We regularly review the list.

Exemptions

Even if they meet the other criteria, some chains of food outlets are exempt, including:

  • convenience stores
  • service stations selling petrol or other fuel
  • catering chains
  • chains that only sell food intended to be consumed on the premises, and
  • retail outlets at health care facilities.

NSW Laws

Display of nutritional information: Food Act 2003 (NSW)

The NSW Government has introduced laws for nutrition labelling of foods and drinks from larger ‘fast' food, snack food and supermarket chains, and franchises.

These fast food outlets are required to display kJ energy values for foods on their menu boards from February 2012 and the supermarkets from February 2013

Making kJ information available for fast foods is one part of the NSW response to high rates of overweight and obesity in the community, and related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol

Before these laws, nutrition information was not required to be displayed for fast foods, and there was no standard format to display it. Informed choice by consumers was very difficult.

This contrasts to packaged foods for retail sale which usually do have standard nutrition information on the label.

Outlets affected

Outlets are affected only if their business meets the definition of a standard menu outlet and they sell standard food items in NSW.

This means the larger ‘fast’ food, snack food and supermarket chains. Food details, see Which outlets?

Why these outlets?

Major ‘fast’ and snack food chains and supermarkets selling ‘standard’ ready-to-eat foods account for large numbers of food sales each day so the laws will have a widespread benefit for consumers.

The outlets covered by the laws usually have standard food supply and preparation processes so that average kJ values become more accurate than for foods from other types of outlets.

They also usually have standard displays for their menu boards which helps lower the cost per meal to display the information.

Nutrition information

The larger brands of food chains must display the kJ energy content of standard products.

Meal combinations and bulk deals must show the total kJ for the sale item.

Values can be rounded to the nearest 10 kJ, but they don't have to be.

Supermarkets may display the kJ energy content ‘per 100 grams’.

Outlets must also display the average daily intake for Australian adults, which is 8700 kJ.

Display at point of sale

kJ information must be displayed on:

  • each menu in-store, away from the store including menus delivered via letterboxes and over the internet where the name or price of the standard item appears
  • each price tag, label or identifying tag for display items, and
  • the menu board of any drive-through facilities that displays the name or price of the item or a separate board visible before the ordering point.

The kJ information must be next to or close to the name or price of each item.

It must be in the same font and at least the same size as the price. If no price is displayed it must be the same font and size as the item name.

For supermarket items, kJ information must be the same font and at least the same size as the unit pricing (ie. price per 100g or per kg) information.

This is only a general summary. The NSW Government has worked with the businesses to implement the detail of the laws.