Reformulation for Health
Guidance for SMEs providing information for food and drink producers that want to find out how reformulation could help their customers as well as their business.
Why UK Food and Drink Manufacturing Matters
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Maureen Watt, MSP - Minister for Public Health, Scottish Government
In Scotland, poor diet and excessive consumption of food and
drink can lead directly to high rates of preventable disease. The
most recent figures show that we are still consuming too much
sugar, salt and saturated fat when compared to the Scottish
Dietary Goals. Serious action has to be taken across a number
of fronts to tackle this issue if we want our country to become
healthier and more prosperous.
While there is a role for government, its agencies, third sector and
consumers, there is a growing understanding of the important role that
the food industry can play in addressing our poor dietary health.
Earlier this year, we launched Supporting Healthy Choices, a voluntary
framework that invites the food industry to work in partnership with government
Scotland. The document sets out 17 commitments for all parties, including
that will begin to make the necessary shift in our diet.
One of these commitments is around the reformulation of products.
The industry has provided excellent examples of innovation in this
area, notably in the systematic reduction and removal of trans fats
and in the reduction of salt in order to meet targets set by the Food
Many of the larger companies have made significant progress in
this area and we continue to encourage them to do more as per the
commitments in Supporting Healthy Choices.
In the spirit of our aspiration to become a Good Food Nation, we
should celebrate such success. Reformulation is, however, not just for
the large multinationals. It is equally as important that the small and
medium-sized businesses, many of them home grown, are also driving
the reformulation agenda forward.
This document is an example of what can be achieved when industry
and government work together. It is an important milestone in a
collaboration between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Food
and Drink Federation in a three-year programme that has provided
support to small and medium-sized companies on reformulation.
The booklet shows how small and medium-sized businesses have
made changes to their production processes and the impact of
these changes. It demonstrates also that although the companies
themselves may be small, their influence over the sector and impact on
consumers can be great.
I hope that what you read in these pages will inspire further innovation
in reformulation. There is much more work to be done but together we
can play our part to make Scotland a healthier nation.
Foreword by DR Colette Backwell - Director, SFDF
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Download the full PDF booklet: Reformulation for health: Guidance for SMEs
Last reviewed: 13 May 2016