FDF members have been voluntarily lowering fat, salt and sugars in recipes for decades. Companies have also developed ‘low-in’ products, cut portion sizes, and introduced resealable packaging, along with providing clear, consistent nutrition information. Please see our member case studies.

FDF member products provide 11% less calories, 11% less sugars and 14% less salt into the average shopping basket compared to 4 years ago1. Industrial trans fats have virtually been eliminated from the UK diet through voluntary action.

Reformulation is technically challenging, costly and time consuming. A stable regulatory environment is needed so companies have the confidence to invest. We believe government’s focus should be on encouraging all sectors of the industry – manufacturers, retailers and out of home - to achieve reformulation goals.

FDF’s work focuses on responding to government reformulation policy, and supporting smaller businesses with guidance.

FDF Scotland is proud to deliver Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme to support smaller businesses to make their products healthier.

1. Kantar Worldpanel data for FDF members (2015 – 2019)

Updates & milestones

FDF Diet and Health Award – Entries are now open!

Has your company made a significant contribution to improve the health of its customers?

Enter the FDF Awards - Diet and Health category before 28 February 2022, for your chance to win. It’s completely free to enter!

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FDF Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year Award – Entries are now open!

Do you know a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist who has made an exceptional contribution to the food and drink sector?

Nominate them for the FDF Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist of the Year award before the deadline of 28 February 2022. It’s completely free to enter!

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Future milestones

2022 – PHE final assessment of the 2020 sugars reduction guidelines

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2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 salt reduction targets

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2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 calorie reduction guidelines

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News

Scottish food businesses receive funding to make their recipes healthier

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland has provided funding to 12 food businesses from across Scotland to help them make their products healthier.

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FDF Scotland’s manifesto sets out producer’s priorities

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections, FDF Scotland is calling for a platform to help our world-renowned food and drink industry recover from coronavirus and Brexit, and to return to growth.

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Ulrick & Short partner up with Food and Drink Federation Scotland

Ulrick & Short are working alongside the Food and Drink Federation Scotland's Reformulation for Health programme to provide ingredient solutions for healthy reformulations of bakery and meat products.

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