Brewers Association Beer Nutrient Database Now Available

Brewers Association Beer Nutrient Database Now Available

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In 2014 I started to pay attention to the new requirement that the FDA announced menu labeling for beer. The new menu label requires restaurants and other food establishments with 20 or more locations to disclose nutritional information sold on-premise taking effect December 1st, 2015 though later was extended one year later. At the time this was something that I needed to pay attention to as I was consulting for the company I co-founded Taplister. The software we offered providing restaurants, bars, breweries and other establishments and easy way to publish their tap list both online and offline. Since we worked with everything from small businesses to chains I wanted to keep this on our radar.

Although it would be on the chains to source the nutritional information they may consider dropping breweries that do not provide them information. It is hard enough for a brewery to get into a chain. For most breweries paying up to $1000 to get nutrition lab testing done is something they simply can not afford. In 2015 Brewbound reported:

Earlier this month, a spokesperson with the Beer Institute told Brewbound that nutritional testing could cost as much as $1,000 per item.

White Labs Inc., a San Diego-based fermentation sciences lab offers a nutritional analysis package — including caloric, fat, protein and carbohydrate information, among other facts — for $635. That package, which White Labs believes is cheaper than those offered by other consumer product testing labs, was put together within the last six months in response to the FDA’s forthcoming menu labeling requirements, said Kara Taylor, the company’s analytical lab manager.
— Brewbound

Fortunately, last December the Brewers Association was able to negotiate with the FDA allowing the BA to provide a database of beer styles with nutritional information. On March 27th, 2017 it was announced that the Beer Nutrient Database is available. The database provides the average nutritional value of nine lesser nutrients (total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein). The database currently has 41 styles of beers (that follow BA guidelines) included with more beers to be added later. This is just in time as the FDA ruling will be enforced on May 5th, 2017 for restaurants with 20 or more locations.

For more information read the press release here.

 

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