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.

Our Reformulation team is helping small to medium sized food companies to reformulate their products. This support is available for both FDF members and non-members. This project 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.

What is reformulation?

Reformulation involves making changes to an existing recipe to boost the health profile of the product. We work to enable the 8 principles of reformulation which will have the biggest impact on the dietary health of the consumer.

The process of reformulating is different for each manufacturer. We will review your current nutritional specification, and benchmark this against existing market trends to ensure that any work done now strengthens your product’s longevity, we will map any upcoming industry guidelines and legislations which may affect your product. We use a holistic approach to reformulation, and will present all the nutritional improvements for your product that could be achieved through reformulation.

Most importantly, we will encompass what is important to your brand specifically and ensure that reformulation works for you.

Working with us

The reformulation for Health team will work 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. No two reformulation projects are the same, and while some may be as simple as replacing salt for a low sodium alternative, others may utilise multiple principles to get the most out of your reformulation.

While we are here to support Scottish SME size manufacturers, we understand that there are other key influencers to reformulation. We can work with ingredient suppliers or manufacturers who feed into Scotland, as making a change to one pre-made ingredient can help hundreds of manufacturers who use these ingredients in Scotland. 

With our Reformul8 Partnership we are working to bring together all these influencers, to improve connectivity and make reformulation more facile. If you are involved in reformulation in any way, we would love to discuss opportunities to collaborate.

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


The 8 Principles of Reformulation


Healthier Bakery Webinar


Healthier Bakery; a recipe for reformulation success

Join our free webinar focussing on reformulation in the bakery sector.

We have a range of industry and ingredient experts ready to guide you through the recipe tweaks that can help futureproof your products and your business, from:

  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Univar Solutions
  • Saltsmith
  • Oggs
  • Ulrick & Short
  • Scotland the Bread

Register for free now

Celebrating food and nutrition week

Celebrating Food and Nutrition Week is an annual campaign to highlight our members' action and commitment to support the nation's health.

This year, we are showcasing how food and drink manufacturers – large and small – are improving the nation's diet through innovation and bringing healthier options to market. See some fantastic examples demonstrated in our Celebrating Food and Nutrition Report.

Further details of the activities we have celebrated each year can be found here.

Healthier Bakery Fund recipients

We are thrilled to announce the Baker's Dozen recipient of the Healthier Bakery Fund. 

Much-loved brands Aulds Delicious Desserts, Cobbs Bakery, Dean's of Huntly, Stoats, and Stockan's Oatcakes have been awarded funding.

While a whole host of popular high street bakers – the Bread Guy, Cuckoo's Bakery, Fisher & Donaldson, George Marchbank Bakers, the Hame Bakery, and Three Sisters Bake - have received support.

Specialist cake maker Northern Lights Cakery and the Bread for Good Community Benefit Society have also received funding.

Read the press release here.

Related pages

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Reformultion support toolkit

Use our Reformul8 toolkit to review your reformulation opportunities, and view our industry support documents.

Reformul8 Partnership

Reformul8 Partnership

Are you involved in any way in the reformulation process? Read about how we are connecting the key players and get involved.

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Reformulation case studies

Read some of our case studies of previous.

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