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 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!


Resources and opportunities

Podcast: Focus on Fibre

Fibre is often the forgotten part of our diet, but it has the opportunity to be a solution to many reformulation challenges. Tune in to our podcast as we discuss what fibre is, our current intake levels and the role and functionality of fibres within food manufacturing. 

This podcast is hosted by FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health Programme, with input from:

  • Jisun Lee, Head of Innovation, EDME Food Ingredients
  • Amy Glass, UK Diet and Health Policy Manager, FDF
  • Joanne Burns, Reformulation for Health Manager, FDF Scotland
  • Harriet Heath, Reformulation Executive, FDF Scotland

Listen to the podcast here

Reformul8 partnership

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the ๐‘๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐Ÿ– ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ!

Recipe reformulation is rated as one of the most effective ways industry can help improve dietary health in Scotland, and we are supporting food and drink manufacturers to do this. However, we recognise that food producers cannot do this alone; a holistic approach across the whole food system is needed. The partnership is designed to link up all the stakeholders involved in getting a healthier, reformulated product onto the dinner table.


Who is it aimed at?

โœ”๏ธ Ingredient manufacturers and suppliers

โœ”๏ธ Food and drink manufacturers

โœ”๏ธ Wholesalers, retailers and caterers

โœ”๏ธ Stakeholders and Academia


By working together and supporting each link in the chain, Scotland can lead the way in reformulation and health innovation.


What are the benefits?

โœ”๏ธ Through collaboration show a demonstrable improvement in the nutritional profile of Scottish products

โœ”๏ธ Ensure local supply chains are healthier to support the growing demand for healthier products

โœ”๏ธ Support the food industry in Scotland to highlight reformulated products

โœ”๏ธ Your organisation will be promoted on the partnership platform and network with other partnership organisations

โœ”๏ธ Full support of FDF Scotland’s dedicated Reformulation for Health team who will help you achieve your commitment


The Reformulation for Health team will support you to achieve your selected action points, and to develop a case study to promote the positive impact of your contribution. We will report initial sign up data, and the first impact report at six months post launch.

Join the partership here

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 health advice tool


FDF Scotlandโ€™s manifesto sets out producerโ€™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.

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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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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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Related topics


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 governmentโ€™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.