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A nutrition labelling concept for restaurants, designed to be simple and easy to use even if printed at very small sizes. The system is based on … Read More
A nutrition labelling concept for restaurants, designed to be simple and easy to use even if printed at very small sizes. The system is based on a well received system from the british shops, the Traffic Lights system, showing values of four nutrients as high, medium or low. Read Less
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United Kingdom has the highest percentage of consumers that regularly use nutrition information when choosing what to eat. The plan of Food Standards Agency (FSA) was to introduce nutrition information in catering outlets to provide consumers with consistent nutrition information when they are eating out.

straightforwardTraffic lights colour coding scheme. Nutrition information should be made available at the point of decision so that it could be taken into account when making a choice: on the menu board behind the counter, on packaging for self selected pre-packaged products, on the menu in a 'sit down' venue and on the corresponding web pages.
Basis
Deriving the proposal from a well received system found in the british shops, the Traffic Lights system, allows the users to relate the information to something they are already familiar with.
red / high values (for treat only)
amber / medium (be careful)
green / low (enjoy in abundance)
Proposal
highmediumlowIn order for colour deficient consumers to be able to read the label, the lengths change accordingly (red arrow is always long, green is short). The system is thus also suitable for monochrome printing.


The system can be applied to any dark or coloured background as long as it provides sufficient contrast for reading. In order for the nutrition information to be as small as possible, the nutrients' names are written in the legend at the bottom of the page, explaining how to read the label.
Three sizes fit all 
The system has three sizes (small, medium and large), adapted for specific situation of reading and available space:
large: enough space (e.g. packaging)
medium: standard space (fast food restaurant's menu board)
small: limited space (menu in sit-down venue)
The system in use
The system can be applied to any packaging, menu board or printed menu.