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Great article on nutritional information.
« on: March 28, 2008, 05:08:31 PM »

http://consumerist.com/consumer/nutritional-info/the-ultimate-chain-restaurant-nutrition-guide-who-is-hiding-information-about-the-food-and-who-isnt-232871.php

The Ultimate Chain Restaurant Nutrition Guide: Who Is Hiding Information About The Food, And Who Isn't.

What does IHOP have to hide that Denny's doesn't? And what's so mysterious about Krispy Kreme? Why is their info so difficult to find, while competitor Dunkin' Donuts has extensive, easy to locate information on their website? These are the questions we found ourselves asking after evaluating 51 chain restaurants websites and their nutritional information pages. Or lack of them.

We rated the restaurants on the availability/completeness of information, how easy it was to locate and retrieve the information, and whether or not there was additional information such as allergy info.

The best sites had it all. We saw nutrition calculators, tips for healthy eating, gluten info, allergy info, and special information for diabetics. The worst sites had nothing at all. We were surprised to find that it wasn't simply small restaurant chains that were failing to provide nutritional information. There were several major restaurants that completely failed to provide even basic information about their food.

IHOP, California Pizza Kitchen, Olive Garden, Bennigan's and TGIF were among the biggest names that failed to provide any nutritional information. Applebee's made excuses in their FAQ about "distributors," but similar restaurants like Chili's seem to have no problem providing information for their entire menu. Red Lobster provided allergy info and nothing more. Quiznos provided nutritional information on only two of its menu items, while competitor Subway had some of the most extensive information around. What are these restaurants hiding?

We challenge the restaurants who received ratings of "Nonexistent" or "Poor" to address the way in which they provide nutritional information to their customers. Because if a restaurant is hiding something in their website, goodness knows what's in the food. —MEGHANN MARCO
Restaurant
   Nutritional Information Provided For All Items?
   Nutritional Info Easy To Locate?
   Allergen Info?
   Rating?
   Is there a nutrition page?
Applebee's
   No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No, Just some Weight Watchers stuff
Arby's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
A&W    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Baskin Robin's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Bennigan's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent    No
Boudin's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent    No
Burger King    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
California Pizza Kitchen    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent    No
Chipotle    Yes
   No
   No
   Poor
   PDF only
Chili's    Yes
   No
   Yes
   Average
   PDF only
Chic-Fil-A    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Dairy Queen    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Denny's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Average
   PDF only
Domino's Pizza    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Dunkin' Donuts    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Fat Burger    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Friendly's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Fudrucker's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Hardee's    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Hooter's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
In-N-Out Burger    Yes
   No
   No
   Average
   Yes
International House of Pancakes    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Jack In The Box    Yes
   No
   Yes
   Average—the Nutrition & Allergy info is hidden away on the "Our Food" page.
   No
Jamba Juice    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
KFC    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Krispy Kreme    Yes
   No
   No
   Poor
   PDF only
Little Caesar's    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Lone Star Steak House    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Long John Silver's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
McDonald's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Olive Garden    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Outback Steak House    No
   Yes
   Yes
   Poor-No specific information on menu items, but plenty of suggestions on eating. healthier
   Yes
Papa John's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Panda Express    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Perkin's    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Pizza Hut    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
Quiznos    No
   No
   No
   Poor—only two items listed on "nutrition" page.
   Yes
Red Lobster    No
   No
   Yes
   Poor—no nutrition page, only brief allergy page.
   No
Red Robin    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Ruby Tuesday's    Yes
   No
   No
   Poor—hard to find. pdfs suck
   PDF only
Sbarro    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Sonic    Yes
   No
   No
   Poor—nutrition guide is extensive, but it's only available by 9-page pdf
   PDF only
Starbucks    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above average (they have no allergy info, but give a customer care phone number)
   Yes
Steak 'N Shake    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes
Subway    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent—extensive info, as one would expect.
   Yes
TGIF    No
   No
   No
   Nonexistent
   No
Taco Bell    Yes
   No
   Yes
   Above Average— the nutrition calculator is great, but not super-easy to find.
   Yes
Taco John's    No
   Yes (though it's "under construction")
   No
   Poor—they tease you with a Nutrition link on the home page, but then it's "under construction" and they give you phone number.
   No
Uno's Chicago Grill    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent—nice presentation
   Yes
Wendy's    Yes
   Yes
   Yes
   Excellent
   Yes
White Castle    Yes
   Yes
   No
   Above Average
   Yes

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