The food we eat outside the home makes up an increasingly important part of our diet. The average person eats one in every six meals out of home and if we add in snacks and 'grab and go' food, men consume about a quarter of their calories when eating out, and women around a fifth. So, the choices we make when eating out can go a long way to help us to maintain a balanced diet.
For this reason, the Agency is working in a number of areas to help consumers make healthier choices when they eat out – whether this is in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways or workplaces, or in residential settings such as care homes.
This section contains information on the Agency's work with high street restaurant, pub, coffee and sandwich chains, major workplace caterers and catering suppliers to encourage healthier eating commitments. There is also information about our work with businesses and caterers to develop a voluntary calorie labelling scheme.
You will also find guidance on healthier catering, and practical tips for any caterer wanting to offer their customers healthier choices.