FDF 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. Please see our member case studies.

FDF member products provide 11% less calories, 11% less sugars and 14% less salt into the average shopping basket compared to 4 years ago1. Industrial trans fats have virtually been eliminated from the UK diet through voluntary action.

Reformulation is technically challenging, costly and time consuming. A stable regulatory environment is needed so companies have the confidence to invest. We believe government’s focus should be on encouraging all sectors of the industry – manufacturers, retailers and out of home - to achieve reformulation goals.

FDF’s work focuses on responding to government reformulation policy, and supporting smaller businesses with guidance.

FDF Scotland is proud to deliver Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme to support smaller businesses to make their products healthier.

1. Kantar Worldpanel data for FDF members (2015 – 2019)

Future milestones

2021 - PHE final assessment of the 2020 sugars reduction guidelines


2024 - PHE final assessment of the 2023 salt reduction targets


2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 calorie reduction guidelines



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