Basket Graphic.5.pngOur 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 20171

Reformulation is technically challenging, costly and time consuming. A stable regulatory environment is needed so companies have the confidence to invest. 

We are proud to deliver Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme to support smaller businesses based in Scotland to make their products healthier.

1. Kantar Worldpanel data for FDF members, nutrient growth versus the overall volume growth (percentage difference) from 2017 – 2021

Future milestones

2022 – PHE final assessment of the 2020 sugars reduction guidelines


2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 salt reduction targets


2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 calorie reduction guidelines



Pupils relishing Better Burger Challenge

High school students throughout Scotland are relishing the change to get their teeth into their own recipes with the launch of this year’s Better Burger Challenge.

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Scottish firms awarded funding to make healthier recipes

Over a dozen well-known Scottish bakery businesses have been given funding to make their products healthier.

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Better Burger Challenge Winner Announced

The Better Burger Challenge, a contest aimed at encouraging pupils to explore product reformulation and create healthier versions of the classic burger, has announced its winner. The Better Burger Challenge was developed in partnership with Food and Drink Federation Scotland and Quality Meat Scotland.

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Reformulation case studies

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Reformulation case studies

Case studies from: pladis, Coca-Cola, Lucozade, Cereal Partners Worldwide UK, Danone UK, Premier Foods, Kerry Foods

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Case Study

“Engaging the workforce in a reformulation challenge equally has a positive impact, in that the business is seen to be thinking of the next generation.” John Farley Director, Sutherlands of Portsoy

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Peacock salt reformulation case study

“We feel so positive about our new blends. We’re not just selling more salt, we’re selling something different, and meeting a key need for a lot of customers. And the market for it will grow as people become more and more health-conscious.”

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