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.

Reformulation support for Scotland

FDF Scotland delivers Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme to support smaller businesses to make their products healthier. This support is available for both FDF members and non-members.

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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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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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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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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 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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National Food Strategy

We are working with members and key stakeholders to inform the upcoming National Food Strategy (NFS) for England. This includes engagement on the independent review led by Henry Dimbleby and the Government white paper.

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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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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

National Food Strategy Part II Report - Update

FDF’s Chief Scientific Officer, Kate Halliwell responds to the publication of the second part of the National Food Strategy report.

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The Food and Drink Federation publishes shortlist for Awards 2021

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced the shortlist for the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2021, which takes place in person on Thursday 16 September 2021 at The Royal Lancaster, London.

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Food and Drink Federation responds to Government advertising ban plans

The FDF has issued the below response in relation to Government plans to move ahead with an advertising ban on products high in fat salt and sugar (HFSS).

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

The FDF has issued the following press release...

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