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



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Reformulation case studies

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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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Case Study

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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Case Study

Tower bakery case study

" The reformulation process is not new to the business, who have been reformulating for years in order to meet retailers’ specification requirements "

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