Amber food and drinks

Amber food and drinks have some nutritional value and moderate amounts of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can contribute to excess energy intake when consumed in large amounts. Don’t let these foods and drinks dominate and avoid large serving sizes.

A maximum of 30% of all foods and drinks available should be Amber.

Examples of Amber food and drinks

  • full fat dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurts and custards
  • flavoured milk including artificially sweetened such as breakfast drinks, iced coffee and milkshakes, maximum serve size 500mls
  • dried fruit, limit to 30g serve size
  • fruit and vegetable juice (at least 99%), maximum serve size 300mls
  • artificially sweetened soft drinks, maximum serve size 600ml
  • artificially sweetened soft drinks, maximum serve size 600mls
  • salads with creamy dressings, full fat mayonnaise or lots of oil

These foods need to be assessed against Resource 4: Red food and drink nutrient criteria:

  • commercial fried rice
  • hot noodle cups
  • processed meats like silverside, ham and processed chicken meat
  • some hot dogs, reduced-fat meat pies and reduced-fat sausage rolls
  • some muffins and plain slices, scrolls or cakes.

Displaying food

The diagram below shows an example of how you might set up a pie warmer. Only 30% of the foods displayed in the warmer should have food from the Amber category.

Image of a 5 shelf pie warmer showing that the first 3 shelves display green food, the middle 2 shelves show amber food, and the bottom shelf shows red food.