FDF Scotland's Reformulation for Health advice tool will help you start your reformulation journey. Complete the tool for bespoke advice and support links on making your products and processes healthier.

Our Reformulation for Health Manager, Joanne Burns, will then be in contact with Scottish food and drink businesses to develop their reformulation action plan and case study.

LUX – The Food and Drink Agency, carried out a research project on behalf of FDF Scotland to understand the impact of our previous reformulation project that ran from 2011 – 2015. Insights and opinions on future reformulation schemes were also gathered to understand what kind of support businesses wished to access. The results of this research are included in this report.

Diet and health in Scotland

FDF Scotland and our members take the health of the Scottish people and wider population very seriously - particularly in relation to rising obesity levels.

Improving the health of the Scottish people

The Scottish Government's diet and healthy weight delivery plan: A Healthier Future highlights the visions and ambitions of improving diet and health across our nation. The Scottish Dietary Goals set out a range of nutritional goals for the Scottish population. These goals are used to inform this work and were recommended to the Scottish Government by the Food Standards Scotland Board.

Reformulation for Health

FDF Scotland is proud to deliver Reformulation for Health, a Scottish Government funded programme of support for small and medium sized food companies to make their products healthier.

Supporting consumers to make healthier choices

Our members are supporting consumers to achieve a balanced diet within a healthy lifestyle. Find out more in our health report – Feeding Change.

Over the past five years FDF members reduced energy in the average shopping basket by 5.5% and sugars by 12.1%. During the lifetime of the latest salt targets (2012- 2017) FDF's members have reduced salt content by a further 11.4%, continuing to build on more than 15 years of steady reformulation work. (Kantar Worldpanel UK data for FDF total membership).

Scottish Government Policy: Restricting promotions and marketing of foods high in fat, sugar and salt

The Scottish Government is pressing ahead with plans to restrict food and drink promotions and marketing.

There is no evidence to suggest there will be a significant reduction in obesity levels in Scotland as a result of these proposals.

Restricting promotions will hit the poorest shoppers hardest – at a time when all customers are seeing increases to the cost of their weekly shopping basket. The regulation of promotions within retail premises is a hugely complicated area and could create unfair disadvantage to different types of products.

Proposals would restrict promotion of reformulated healthier products and stifle new innovations and brands to be brought to the market.

More Information

View FDF Scotland's recent responses to diet and health consultations.

For more information on our policy work, please get in touch with Cat Hay, FDF Scotland's Policy Manager, at cat.hay@fdfscotland.org.uk.

Last reviewed: 21 Dec 2020