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.

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.

Diet and health

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Industry at a glance: Diet and health

Compared to 4 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 an industry, it is important we understand the latest scientific recommendations as well as current dietary intakes.

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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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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 health policy documents is provided here.

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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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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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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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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

The Food and Drink Federation responds to the Queen's Speech

The FDF has issued the following press release...

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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. They ask for a moratorium on policy and regulation changes that will negatively impact Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers.

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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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Food businesses: Play your part in improving the health of your local communities

A new nationwide challenge is looking for food businesses to make their recipes healthier and improve dietary health in local communities across Scotland.

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Report: Feeding Change

12 December 2018

This report summarises our continuing commitment to diet and health policy issues. It sets out examples of the great work that is going on in that field in countries across the UK. It is a record of real achievement and one of which we are all enormously proud.

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Industry at a glance: Diet and health

Report: A recipe for growth, prosperity and sustainability

05 May 2020

This is our shared plan for governments to work in partnership with the UK’s food and drink industry to ensure it continues to lead the world and meet the needs of UK consumers and shoppers.

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