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What QSRs need to know about the Government Healthy Food Partnerships in 2018

The Commonwealth Government expressed its desire to partner with QSRs to make healthy food choices.

The Healthy Food Partnership is a key strategy for the Government and its Food Service Working Group is developing voluntary pledges for food service businesses to opt-in. The pledges are ideas or suggestions for businesses to use to help their customers make healthy choices. 

The pledges are designed to give businesses plenty of flexibility to find feasible, commercially viable ways that work for them. Businesses will be asked to consider how they can help their customers eat more of the five food groups, less salt, saturated fat and sugars and balance their energy intake. The voluntary pledges will provide guidance - for example leaving salt shakers off tables.

Businesses can also expect the support of the Healthy Food Partnership and recognition for their contribution.

What does that mean for QSRs?

QSRs can be ready for the Healthy Food Partnership Pledges by:

• Considering how their 2018 businesses plans may contribute to the Healthy Food Partnership goals to promote healthy eating

• Considering the timing of planned changes within their normal business cycle to achieve a win for both their business and the Government

• Expecting further information about the voluntary pledges in the new year

• Joining the AFGC’s Quick Service Restaurant Forum to participate in the Healthy Food Partnership decision making processes through the Forum’s representatives on the Executive Committee and working group.

More information about the Healthy Food Partnership is available on the website.

To find out more about the AFGC Quick Service Restaurant Forum please contact Michele Walton at michele.walton@afgc.org.au.

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