A new law makes portioning a priority—here’s how to get it right!

Big changes are happening in the pizza market.

Under a new federal law expected to take effect in May 2017, stores with 20 units or more must report a calorie count and nutritional information per pizza serving. “This change in legislation will affect everybody,” says Portion PadL CEO Greg Getzinger. “Consumers, including the independent operator’s customers, will start asking for the nutritional information for their slices of pizza.” To get an accurate representation on a per-slice basis, slices must be cut exactly equally to represent the advertised calories and nutritional content—something most pizzerias aren’t used to doing.

Why Is Accuracy So Important?

False advertising lawsuits due to improper portioning are costing popular chains like Subway and Starbucks time, money and their reputation. Subway recently settled a class action lawsuit for a little over half a million dollars (excluding legal fees) when a customer posted a picture of a foot-long sandwich measuring slightly less on social media. Starbucks is involved in a similar lawsuit over serving less coffee than what’s advertised on the menu.

Getting portions right from the start will not only help you avoid costly litigation and damage to your reputation, it will give consistency to your pizza and accuracy in your nutritional information, which your customers can rely on each time.

Perfect Portions From Start to Finish

The Portion PadL and the new Portion PeeL offer easy, practical solutions before and after the pizza goes in the oven. The Portion PeeL is a wooden pizza peel with laser-etched measuring circles to show the pizza maker exactly how large to make the pizza. This product is compliant with Health Department standards, unlike making markings on the peel with ink.

Even new employees can cut perfect slices with the Portion PadL. The cutting board is custom-made. The material is NSF- and FDA-approved and features grooves in the board, which guide the pizza cutter into equal slices every time. When using the Portion PadL, pizza-by-the-slice operators can expect to get a full return on their investment in about three weeks, saving money by reducing smaller, unsold slices that normally get thrown away.

The Portion PadL and the Portion PeeL are two great products that can save your company from legal and non-compliance battles over mislabeling and deliver your customer a more consistent product, tailored to your pizza’s specifications. Contact them at greg@portionpadl.com or visit their website at www.portionpadl.com.