CBE, Irelands largest supplier of retail IT systems, has launched an innovative solution which will allow retailers, deli managers and butchers comply with new legislation around allergens, ingredients and country of origin.
The Food Information to Consumers legislation (Regulation 1169/2011/EU) replaces the current labelling rules and will apply from 13th December 2014. Key points for deli operators are:
- All foods, whether packaged or sold loose, must indicate the presence of allergens. Therefore, any product (sold over the counter or pre-packed) must inform the customer if any allergens exist
- The legislation requires that all ingredients must now be listed on pre-packaged foodstuffs and that the presence of recognised allergens must be clearly labelled
For retailers, deli operators and butchers, these new legislation changes could prove extremely difficult to implement as in some cases they have no way of entering the information and in other cases the deli scales are unable to print large amounts of data.
Fortunately, CBE’s new Scale to Sale innovation will manage this new legislation change. The Scale to Sale package includes a Bizerba XC Deli Scales and a software add-on module to their WinRetail back office package. The scales uses a ‘linerless’ label with limitless space to display information for each PLU and all allergen and ingredient text can be directly inputted and amended from the back office without the need to set up the products on both the scales and the tills.
Speaking on the new regulation, Sean Kenna, CBE’s MD, commented “with more and more legislation coming on board, deli managers will have to implement systems that will enable them to comply with future directives. Thankfully, CBE’s Scale to Sale technology will allow them to do this and, more importantly, allow them to do it in a clear and simple way”.