Health and Wellbeing publications

The aim of our FDF's Health and Wellbeing Steering Group is to work constructively with Government, regulators and others to help find solutions to the complex issues at the heart of the diet and health challenge here in the UK.

Key areas of work identified by the Steering Group this year include: positioning FDF members as proactive partners for engagement and future work with Government (including devolved countries), robustly showcasing the progressive actions of FDF members to key stakeholders enabling consumers to lead healthier lives and delivering on a range of collaborative industry-wide projects, including reformulation of products in support of public health goals and promoting best practice in workplace wellbeing.


Latest Publications

Reformulation guide - Spotlight on Sugars - for small to medium sized companies

A free reformulation guide for small and medium sized companies developed by Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).

This new guidance sets out the regulatory framework covering the reduction of sugars, key considerations when reducing sugars or using sugar replacers and factors affecting the consumer acceptability of sugar replacers. The guide covers the different challenges and opportunities in reducing sugars in the soft drinks, dairy and baked goods categories, and also discusses ingredient and labelling considerations.

Health and Wellbeing report 2015

Published July 2015

FDF and its members have a commitment to help consumers achieve a balanced diet within a healthy lifestyle informed by robust, up-to-date science. In this brochure we bring together a handful of the achievements of food and drink businesses in the UK.

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FDF's Responsibility Deal Annual Update

Published May 2014

This report shows the work that FDF members have been undertaking to improve public health under the Coalition Government's Responsibility Deal, part of its long-term public health strategy.

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Food and Drink Labelling: A tool to encourage healthier eating

Published November 2013

This publication is a resource for healthcare professionals about food and drink labelling as a tool to encourage healthier eating.

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FDF's Responsibility Deal Annual Update

Published July 2013

This report shows the work that FDF members have been undertaking to improve public health under the Coalition Government's Responsibility Deal, part of its long-term public health strategy.

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Delivering Healthy Growth

Published January 2013

This report shows the progress the food industry has made in empowering consumers to make healthier choices.

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Salt reduction report: Evaluation of Technological Approaches to Salt Reduction

Published July 2012

This Leatherhead Food Reseach report reviews current options for salt reduction and identifies new and emerging technologies and ingredients that may be utilised.

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Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit

Workplace Wellbeing Cover Published April 2012

This toolkit provides practical guidance for employers on how to create, enhance and promote your health and wellness programme in your workplace.

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Workplace Wellbeing: Resources

Three posters for employers to download and use to promote healthy lifestyles at work.

Download: Creating your own programme - pdf

Download: GDAs explained - pdf

Download: Get active and have fun! - pdf

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Food labelling for healthy eating

Published September 2011

Understanding the labels is a presenter for Health Care Professionals.

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Industry in action on public health: Stepping up to the plate

Published March 2011

FDF is pleased to be a signatory of the Public Health Responsibility Deal and to work in partnership with the Secretary of State and other stakeholders.

As this report highlights, members of the Food and Drink Federation have long been 'stepping up to the plate' when it comes to the many different ways in which they have taken bold action in response to growing societal concerns about complex public health issues such as obesity.

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Workplace Wellbeing: The Food Industry in Action

Published May 2010

Leading members of the Food and Drink Federation have long recognised that a healthy, committed workforce is vital to business success.

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GDA Labels: Improving the food literacy of consumers

Published: April 2010

GDA labelling is an objective way of providing nutritional information and helping consumers construct a healthy, balanced diet. This brochure covers:

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Workplace Wellbeing: The Facts

Published: December 2009

workplace wellbeing fact sheetPeople are at the heart of every company. That's why the smartest businesses have long recognised the importance of promoting the wellbeing of their employees – going way beyond the traditional health and safety agenda to develop initiatives in new areas such as diet and healthy lifestyles.

FDF and its members are proud of the positive actions our sector has taken to promote the concept of workplace wellbeing. Our industry's pledge to establish schemes that promoted healthier lifestyles was one of the commitments made in FDF's Food and Health Manifesto, published in 2004. Since then our leading members have been delivering on that ambition.

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Recipe for Change: Industry in action

Published: July 2009

Recipe for 
change report pdf The research is contained in this - 'Recipe for Change' - report published by FDF, describes how food and drink manufacturers are developing new products, and refreshing old favourites, so that they are lower in calories, fat, or salt.

Download the full PDF report: Recipe for Change - pdf | 994kb

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The Facts: Science behind Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs)

Published: June 2009

GDA the science leafletGuideline Daily Amounts (GDAs) are intended to translate science into consumer friendly information and provide guidelines to help consumers put the nutrition information they read on a food label into the context of their overall diet.

GDAs began life in 1996 as Daily Guideline Intakes for use by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF).

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Workplace Wellbeing: The food industry in action

Published: March 2009

Workplace Wellbeing: the food industry in action Food and drink manufacturers have long recognised the importance of ensuring the wellbeing of the people who work in their manufacturing sites and offices, which is why FDF's leading members have pledged to develop workplace schemes that promote healthy diets and lifestyles.

The food industry wants to be an exemplar in this area. FDF's members are proud of the positive actions that we have already taken to promote workplace wellbeing - and you will find some of our schemes showcased in this booklet.

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Seven Voices: GDA Labels make a real difference

Published: January 2009

Seven Voices reportThree years ago, there was little nutritional information carried on the front of most food and drink products sold in the UK. Today, that has all changed.

The most widely adopted scheme in the UK is based on GDAs – Guideline Daily Amounts – and our leadership in this market has prompted the European Commission to propose a similar approach to nutritional labelling for its European-wide food labelling regulation.

As well as outlining the progress being made to increase the use of GDA information on the front of food and drink packs here in the UK, this report (pdf, 1.6Mb) will explain why we believe adding traffic lights on top of GDA labels is unlikely to help shoppers further.

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Health and Wellbeing: Our Ambition

Published: December 2008

Health and Wellbeing - Our Ambition Members of the Food and Drink Federation share society's concerns about the health of the nation, particularly in relation to rising obesity levels, and are absolutely committed to playing a positive role in responding to this vital debate.

Our commitment is long-standing: we published our first health and wellbeing action plan way back in 2004. And in 2007 we established a Health and Wellbeing Steering Group to work constructively with Government, regulators and others to help find solutions to the complex issues at the heart of the diet and health challenge here in the UK.

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Salt: The Facts

Published: August 2008

Salt reduction has long been a priority for members of the Food and Drink Federation – with some sectors having started their reformulation efforts way back in the 1980s. Our work has accelerated since 2004, when FDF and its members unveiled a health and wellbeing action plan that emphasised our industry's commitment to reducing the levels of sugar, fat and salt in our products.

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Nutritional Labelling: The Facts

Published: July 2008

UK food and drink manufacturers have long recognised the importance of providing consumers with clear on-pack nutrition information as a powerful tool for helping them make better-informed choices and improving their overall food literacy.

Since the launch of the UK industry's health and wellbeing action plan in 2004, FDF has been encouraging its members to provide a full nutrition declaration on the back of their packs. We estimate that more than 85% of UK-produced, pre-packed foods now carry detailed nutrition labelling.

Download: Nutritional Labelling: The Facts - pdf | 198kb

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Healthy Eating Toolkit

Published: July 2008

This Healthy Eating Toolkit provides practical guidance in promoting healthy eating in companies as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) helped develop this Healthy Eating Toolkit in response to the growing concerns of employers who wish to promote healthy eating among their employees as part of an integrated health and wellbeing programme. This practical guide incorporates thought leadership, and examples of best practice, from members of the FDF chaired Healthy Eating Steering Group as well as Business in the Community and the Food and Drink Federation.

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