Reformulation support for Scotland

We all know that the impacts of a poor diet and obesity are profound. The Scottish Government's obesity prevention plan: A Healthier Future highlights the visions and ambitions of improving diet and health across our nation.

Recipe reformulation is rated as one of the most effective ways industry can help improve dietary health.


How can FDF Scotland help?

Our Reformulation Project Manager, Joanne Burns, is helping small to medium sized food companies to reformulate their products. This support is available for both FDF members and non-members.

Joanne helps to find a tailored solution for each business. This may include reducing fat, salt and sugars from products; or increasing levels of fibre and fruits and vegetables within foods; or even looking at portion size and clearer labelling information.

This role is funded by the Scottish Government and we work with a range of partners to help businesses access a wide range of support and funding.

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business now!

Get in touch to find out how we can help your business now!

FDF Scotland research

Consumer and business attitudes to reformulation

FDF Scotland carried out research with Levercliff to determine consumer and business attitudes to product reformulation.

View the results:

The results were discussed in an FDF webinar

View the slides from the webinar

Reformulation for Health advice tool for Scottish food and drink businesses

Thinking of making your products healthier?

FDF Scotland's Reformulation for Health advice tool will help you start your reformulation journey.

Complete for bespoke advice and support on making your products and processes healthier.

We will then contact you to develop your reformulation action plan.

Reformulation for heath advice tool


Take part in our nation-wide reformulation challenge – Reformul8! We are working with food businesses in communities across Scotland to make their products healthier.


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IGD reformulation guidance

IGD is a research and training charity which sits at the heart of the food and consumer goods industry.

IGD has produced a range of useful reformulation guidance and tools.

IGD: Reformulation tools


FDF Scotland’s manifesto sets out producer’s priorities

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections, FDF Scotland is calling for a platform to help our world-renowned food and drink industry recover from coronavirus and Brexit, and to return to growth. They ask for a moratorium on policy and regulation changes that will negatively impact Scotland’s food and drink manufacturers.

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Ulrick & Short partner up with Food and Drink Federation Scotland

Ulrick & Short are working alongside the Food and Drink Federation Scotland's Reformulation for Health programme to provide ingredient solutions for healthy reformulations of bakery and meat products.

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Calorie Reduction

FDF members are committed to working alongside government as it develops calorie reduction guidelines. Compared to 4 years ago, FDF member products provide 11% fewer calories into the average shopping basket.

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Infant food

PHE is developing voluntary guidance on infant food and drink, which will be published later in 2020. The guidance will be set for total sugars, free sugars and salt, but portion size / energy guidance will not be included.


Nutrient profiling

In the UK, a nutrient profiling model is used to define products high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS), to determine what can or cannot be advertised to children on TV, internet, outdoor spaces and in print media.

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FDF members are working towards government’s voluntary sugar reduction guidelines of 20% by 2020. Great progress has been made, particularly in soft drinks. Compared to 4 years ago, FDF member products provide 11% less sugars into the average shopping basket.

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The UK is widely acknowledged to be leading the world in salt reduction and companies are working to specific voluntary guidelines set by Government. Compared to 4 years ago, FDF member products now provide 14% less salt into the average shopping basket.

Guidance: FDF Scotland reformulation booklet

What is reformulation? What should you consider when changing your recipes for health? How can we support you?

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Guidance: Reformulation guide - Spotlight on sugars

31 July 2016

This guidance sets out regulatory considerations for sugars reduction, outlines available sugar replacers and factors affecting consumer acceptance of sugar replacers.

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