Scottish food producers receive funding to make their recipes healthier

24 January 2023

As we start a new year many people set themselves goals to eat more healthily. Scotland’s food and drink producers are already helping with that aim by making everyday food healthier. To support their efforts Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland has provided funding to 13 of Scotland’s well-loved food businesses.


Biscuits and confectionery manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean's of Huntly have been awarded funding. While a whole range of meat and butchery producers - including Bells Food Group, Hunters of Kinross, Macsween of Edinburgh, Malcolm Allan and Simon Howie – have received support. In addition, funding has been provided to Growers Garden who make broccoli crisps; free from snacks manufactures Fodilicious; ingredient suppliers Cardowan Creameries and R&W Scott; and farm shop the Smiddy.

Food and drink businesses have a real desire to offer a wider range of healthier products – but the associated costs can be challenging. This is why FDF Scotland developed the Reformul8 Challenge Fund. This third round of support was made possible due to £50,000 of funding received from the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Recovery Plan - supported by the Scottish Government.

FDF Scotland will be supporting food producers with a breadth of projects from salt reduction, fat reduction, fibre enrichment and sugar reduction. The fund will be used for a wide range of activities. This includes accessing nutritional testing and technical support, working with ingredient suppliers to access and trial new innovative solutions - that can improve the health of products, to developing new marketing and promotional materials.

Joanne Burns, Reformulation for Health Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to provide a third round of funding to help even more food producers make their recipes healthier. To date we have rewarded funding to 45 food businesses across Scotland.

“I can’t wait to start working on these interesting projects with some of Scotland’s well-loved producers. Together we will be helping to make everyday food including biscuits, crisps, pies and haggis healthier. This in turn will improve the dietary health in communities across Scotland.”

If food and drink businesses are interested in finding out more about how FDF Scotland can support you with recipe reformulation please email

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  1. In January 2023 FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health Programme awarded funding in the third round of the Reformul8 Challenge Fund to support Scottish food producers with the associated costs of reformulation. To support this work £50,000 of funding was provided by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Recovery Plan, supported by the Scottish Government.
  2. FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health programme, funded by the Scottish Government, is helping small and medium sized food companies to make their products healthier.
  3. Since the launch of the Reformulation for Health Programme in 2019 we have helped to remove hundreds of millions of calories and tonnes of salt from the Scottish diet. Read more about the programme’s successes
  4. Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland is a division of the FDF - the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector.