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Digital Menus

Last updated: 30th April 2024

The Nutritics Digital Menu display is intended for use by Food Businesses, providing a front-of-house view where your customers can browse your menu and make better informed meal choices very efficiently without staff involvement. Click here to see a sample digital menu now designed for tablets and TVs. 

The digital menu is updated in real time as you make changes to your recipes, thus avoiding versioning issues associated with printed menus and allergen lists. They can be displayed on your own on-site tablets or TV’s, or they can be accessed on the customers own smartphone by scanning a unique QR code. Customers can filter menus by their dietary requirements and menus can be translated to different languages.

This guide will show you how to:

1. In order to create a digital display, you will first need to create a menu by following the steps in our guide on creating a menu. Your digital menu display is based on the content of your menus created during this step.

Pro Tip: It is a good idea to add photos to recipes that will be used on your customer facing digital menus. This will ensure there is a strong visual element to your menu.

2. Open your menu and click the slider icon in the top right corner of the page to manage the display options and settings for the menu. 

Within the settings menu, there are several tabs that allow for the customisation of the menu:

DISPLAY TAB 

  • Choose the information to be displayed on digital menus. This includes showing prices, calories, allergens, ingredient lists, food claims, nutrition information etc.
  • Select show the ‘all items’ group to allow the menu to default to all items as the main tab. Alternatively, toggle this off so the menu defaults to the first recipe group available when opened:

  • Choose the look of the menu e.g. apply a light or dark theme and select how many menu items or ‘tiles’ are displayed in each line. 
  • Decide whether to display photos on the menu. If photos are not included on a menu, items can be added to the basket quickly. Items with multiple servings will be collapsed until clicked on:

  • Decide whether to ‘Show Therapeutic Meals as Standard’ on your menu. Therapeutic meals are items tagged with a group in Nutritics such as #renal, #diabetic etc. If this is switched off, special items will be hidden until a patient under this grouping is selected.
  • Choose a show feature for the menu item tiles e.g. show a Foodprint badge on items without needing to click in.
  • Enter a disclaimer to be displayed on all menu items, or add a welcome message for your menu:

INTERACTIVITY TAB 

Choose how customers can interact with the menu.

  • Interactive mode allows customers to scroll through the menu and click on menu items for more information/ordering purposes. This is recommended where menus are being displayed on touchscreens. Untick this option if your menu will be displayed on a digital display or TV that is not a touchscreen. 
  • Decide when the menu resets by setting the inactivity limit. Please note that this is only relevant to tablet devices, and will not apply to those using a mobile.
  • Tick Allow users to go back to the list of menus to allow customers to exit the current menu they are viewing and browse all published menus from your account. This is useful if you want to allow customers to exit the bar menu and look at the restaurant menu:

  • Tick The screen resets to the list of menus and the menu will return to this list of published menus after a period of inactivity. 
  • Enable ‘featured items’ screensaver on reset and menu items will flash on screen when the menu is left idle:

ORDERING TAB (Applicable to those with ordering)

  • Select the type of orders accepted, i.e. delivery, eat-in and take-away
  • Set the default order type (this will be the first option loaded by default when the customer is placing their order) and select the contact information required from the customer to complete their order.
  • For more on ordering for the food industry see here, and for ordering in a clinical setting see here.

NOTIFICATIONS

Choose what notifications you or the customer receive with ordering. Please see our guide on ordering for more information.

PUBLISHING TAB 

Make your menus live for viewing. 

  • Choose whether the menu requires staff login. Staff can be set up by clicking the ‘+Add Users’ button.
  • Publish menus to Libro to allow Libro users to browse the menu on their smartphone when they are in your area.
  • Choose if the menu should be published immediately or schedule a date and time for the menus to go live. Watch a video on this here. 
  • Live menus have an orange circle beside the menu title in the Nutritics Explorer:

SHARING TAB

Choose how to share your menu with customers.

  • Click Copy to copy the menu’s live URL to display the menu on a website, on a tablet or other displays
  • Click QR to generate a QR code for the menu so others can scan
  • Click Embed to get the Embed link for another website
  • You can also share the menu with other Nutritics users. Please see our guide on this here

3. Once satisfied, click the ‘View’ button in the toolbar at the top of the page to preview how the digital menu will look.

4. Click on the menu name in the digital menu view to go back to a list of live published menus and all the inactive menus previously created:

Alternatively, access this list by entering the URL www.nutritics.com/menu/USERNAME on any device.

Menus can be moved from live to inactive by drag and drop. Your customers won’t see menus in the ‘Other Menus’ section:

Pro Tip: Add a background image of your store or kitchen to give your digital menus display a more professional finish – just click the ‘Add Background Image’ button at the bottom right of the screen.