FDF members are committed to ensuring people have access to a wide range of food and drinks that can support a balanced lifestyle.

We know more needs to be done, which is why manufacturers continue to take bold steps. Reformulation, new product development and portion sizing are key actions. FDF members’ voluntary work is already delivering substantial changes to UK shopping baskets, reducing salt, sugars and calories. 

We also believe achieving balance is about much more than what is cut from our diets; increasing fruit, vegetables and wholegrains is also important, as is physical activity.  In 2021,  FDF launched its 'Action on Fibre' initiative to help bridge the gap between fibre intakes and dietary recommendations.  

Tackling obesity is an important public health initiative, but work by manufacturers alone will never be enough. We call on Government to provide help to those communities and individuals who need it most.

Resources

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Report

Celebrating Food and Nutrition

The Food and Drink Federation has published its 'Celebrating Food and Nutrition' report, showcasing the work of UK food and drink manufacturers to support the nation's health by improving the nutritional status of their products and offering consumers a wide variety of options to support sustainable, balanced diets.

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Reformulation for health

FDF Scotland delivers Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme to support smaller businesses to make their products healthier. This support is available for both FDF members and non-members.

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Toolkit

Diet and health toolkit

This toolkit is a selection of key resources on food and health. It is updated frequently and is designed to help members to take a consistent, industry-wide approach to issues.

Diet and health

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Action on Fibre

The FDF has launched our new Action on Fibre Commitment. Members signed up are committed to help bridge the gap between fibre intakes and the dietary recommendation.

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Reformulation and portion size

Reformulation, new product development and portion sizing are key actions for food and drink manufactures in the fight against obesity.

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Food and drink promotions

The FDF believes food and drink promotions bring varied and significant benefits to consumers, retailers and manufacturers.

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Food and drink advertising

There are strict UK advertising codes, but tighter restrictions are proposed. We explain why a 9pm watershed is unlikely to affect obesity.

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Industry at a glance: Diet and health

Compared to 5 years ago, the average shopping basket of FDF member products is lower in calories, sugars and salt.

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Dietary intakes and recommendations

As a food and drink industry, it is important to us to understand the latest scientific recommendations as well as current dietary intakes.

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Food and drink taxes

Since the introduction of the soft drinks industry levy in 2018, there has been a debate about the need for further taxation of food and drink.

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Government health policy

Health policy is the UK is largely devolved, with differing rules across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A summary of the main FDF health policy documents is provided here.

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Government Food Strategy

The FDF welcome the new Food Strategy, which is an endorsement of the success and centrality of the UK’s food industry, from farming to manufacturing, retail and hospitality.

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Obesity

Levels of obesity across the UK are too high. About 1 in 10 children are obese as they start school, and this doubles by year 6.

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Sustainable healthy diets

All sectors of the food industry have a role to support a transition towards more sustainable healthy diets. The FDF is working with members to consider what this means for food and drink manufacturers.

Latest diet and health news

Improving the health of Scotland

Scottish food and drink businesses have removed hundreds of millions of calories and tonnes of salt from the nation's diet with the support of FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health Programme.

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Government delays volume promotions and advertising ban

The Government is to delay a ban on multi-buy promotions and advertising on food and drink products for 12 months due to the “unprecedented” squeeze on living standards.

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