Our 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

Updates & milestones

Future milestones

2022 – PHE final assessment of the 2020 sugars reduction guidelines

Milestone

2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 salt reduction targets

Milestone

2025 - PHE final assessment of the 2024 calorie reduction guidelines

Milestone

News

Improving the health of Scotland

Scottish food and drink businesses have removed hundreds of millions of calories and tonnes of salt from the nation's diet with the support of FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health Programme.

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Scottish Council Elections 2022 – FDF Scotland’s asks

Ahead of the Scottish Council Elections 2022 – FDF Scotland sets out our asks for Scotland's local authorities.

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Food and drink manufacturers ramp up efforts to improve the nation’s health

A report released today by the Food and Drink Federation celebrates the successful work of food and drink manufacturers across the UK to support the health of the nation by improving the nutritional status of their products and offering shoppers and consumers a wide variety of options to support sustainable healthy diets.

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Reformulation case studies

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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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Case Study

Strathmore Foods reformulation

“Our sales volumes mean that the overall benefits from our reformulation project could be significant. A 10% reduction in salt or calories across our products could add up to some huge figures – almost Brian Cox scale numbers – in reduced calorie and salt consumption nationwide.”

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Case Study

Scobies Direct reformulation

“With government promoting healthier lifestyles and tackling obesity, we expect rising consumer interest in low-salt and low-fat food. We will help our customers tap into this.”

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