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

FDF member products provide 10% less calories, 12% less sugars and 16% 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 (2017 – 2021)

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

Milestone

2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 salt reduction targets

Milestone

2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 calorie reduction guidelines

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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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Report highlights FDF members' efforts to improve the nation’s health

UK food and drink manufacturers are supporting the health of the nation by improving the nutritional status of their products and offering a variety of options to support sustainable healthy diets.

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Making everyday food healthier to improve Scotland’s dietary health

FDF Scotland's Reformulation for Health Manager - Joanne Burns - writes about how we are working with food and drink companies across Scotland to make everyday food healthier.

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Reformulation case studies

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Case Study

Strathmore Foods reformulation

“Our sales volumes mean that the overall benefits from our reformulation project could be significant. A 10% reduction in salt or calories across our products could add up to some huge figures – almost Brian Cox scale numbers – in reduced calorie and salt consumption nationwide.”

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Case Study

Scobies Direct reformulation

“With government promoting healthier lifestyles and tackling obesity, we expect rising consumer interest in low-salt and low-fat food. We will help our customers tap into this.”

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Tower bakery case study

" The reformulation process is not new to the business, who have been reformulating for years in order to meet retailers’ specification requirements "

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