It’s public data
It makes sense to make it publicly available and extends reach of the scheme by letting as many people as possible have access to it.
There’s an economic benefit
By developing apps using the data, small and micro-size businesses can generate income and create jobs.
We want innovation
By opening up the data to the wealth of creative minds out there, it’s more likely that the data will be used in innovative and interesting ways that will appeal to and reach more people. That helps to give consumers choice.
We can save public money
We do not need to spend taxpayers’ money on developing and maintaining apps.
The open data mirrors the ratings published at www.food.gov.uk/ratings, meaning that any app, site or service making proper use of the open data will show exactly the same information.