Business & industry caterer BaxterStorey has created a tailor-made training programme to ensure its 6,500 are up to speed on the new allergens legislation that will come into force in December.
The Food Information Regulations, effective 13 December 2014, require hospitality operators to provide information on any of 14 allergens used as ingredients for foods sold without packaging or wrapped on site.
In a bid to ensure all 670 of its premises are compliant, BaxterStorey's bespoke training initiative will develop 1,500 Allergy Champions across the business to make sure all employees are fully trained three months prior to the deadline.
Two employees from each site restaurant will be developed as Allergy Champions, allowing them to deliver training to their teams and communicate allergy information to customers.
Following the training, they will impart their new knowledge to their teams during weekly bite-sized Training Tuesday sessions.
Tom Barrett, project director at BaxterStorey, said: "The Food Information Regulations 2014 is a positive measure towards providing much greater information to our customers about the food we serve - especially relating to allergens and how we label our food - without compromising the creativity of our teams.
"Living with the unpredictability of food allergic symptoms is stressful enough for sufferers, so this new legislation will go a long way to making life easier for our customers. BaxterStorey is fully committed to ensuring this new legislation is effectively rolled out across all of our sites in order to benefit our customers and remove any element of risk."