Nutridata works by gathering information of foodstuffs (ingredients) in a “Local Database”. Once we have our ingredients in the local database along with their nutrition data, we can compile recipes.
A recipe tells us how much of each ingredient is present in our product. From this, we can calculate the nutrition data for the product based on the proportions in the recipe.
We can then prepare a collection of data to prepare a “Product”. The product will include the recipe in QUID order and the nutrition data. It also allows you to set a price and other information about the product such as the storage, cooking instruction and any warnings.
This data can be exported as a Microsoft Excel file for use with your labelling software. In our case, we recommend using Label Direct for SOLO and offer this as part of our packages.
You can see that there is a link from the recipe to the ingredients. This is so you can make up recipe and then use that as an ingredient. An example of where you might do this is making up a mixture of Tuna & Mayonnaise as a base ingredient for something else.
All the ingredients are stored in your “Local Database”. You can load up your local database using the McCance & Widdowson data we have included in the software or by adding the information manually yourself. If you load your own data, you will normally find the nutrition information and constituent ingredients on the packaging of the product. It is illegal to sell food without this labelling in place after 13 December 2016.
Nutridata allows you to include the cost of a product in your database. There is a handy little calculator included so if you buy an 800g loaf of bread for 75 pence, just punch that data in and hit the calculate button to know the cost per 100g. This feature will allow you to calculate how much the end product you make actually costs in raw materials. It is included with Nutridata as a free benefit – other software solutions charge for this functionality.
All the products you sell will be made up from a recipe. This is made up from the ingredients that you use in their relative proportions. Your local database will be where you keep all the ingredients you use in your business. For a typical sandwich manufacturer you should probably need only 40-60 component ingredients.
To create a recipe, you simply add the constituents and then adjust the weights of each item to represent what you use. For example, if you are making a ham sandwich, you may use 55g of bread, 6g of spread and 20g of ham. From this, the software can also calculate the exact cost of the sandwich from the data you entered.
If you are making a batch of filling, for example Tuna Mayonnaise mix, you can create the recipe based on what you use to make the batch e.g. 1kg of drained tuna and 200g of mayonnaise. When you save the recipe, you are given the option to send it back into the local database of ingredients for use in a sandwich recipe.
Many manufacturers have variations on the same product e.g Ham sandwich, Ham & Mustard, Ham and Tomato, Ham and Cheese, Ham Salad etc. You can use a recipe you have made as the basis of a new recipe. For example, if you make a Ham and Tomato sandwich and a Ham Salad sandwich, you may use the Ham & Tomato recipe as a start point and add (for example) lettuce and cucumber.
Once we have made up the recipe we can create a product for it. By doing so, the software can then calculate the pack and portion nutrition figures for you. We can also finalise the with other information such as:
- Pack/Portion size
- Storage Instructions
- Use by offset days
- Sales promotion text
- Preparation instructions
Once your products are prepared, you can export the data required to use with any “database driven” labelling system. The data is exported in Microsoft Excel (xlsx) format. From there it can be imported into other programs or converted into other file formats. Due to the nature of the ingredient listing, it cannot be used as a Comma Separated Value (CSV) format.
We recommend using Label Direct for SOLO in conjunction with SOLO printers. This software allows you to design one template label and populate it with the data from your Nutridata export on demand.