As the controversy about Britain's obesity epidemic continues to grow, we report the latest news, views and analysis on how food and drink manufacturers are responding to the challenge of reducing sugar and fats in the national diet.
Conventional advice on maintaining health and avoiding obesity have been called into question by a leading expert on bacterial gut health – also known as the microbiome – who claimed that ensuring healthy bacteria in the lower intestines and colon has far more effect.
Local authorities (LAs) are being urged to improve the health credentials of food provided to schoolchildren and help reduce the obesity epidemic across the EU, in new guidance form the European Commission (EC).
A new starch can reduce sugar content in savoury foods by up to 30% without impacting on quality, texture or taste, its maker has claimed.
Food and drink manufacturers are now able to source a comprehensive range of sugar reduction additives from a single ingredients firm, after its leading range was extended to include new variants.
The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF.
Cereal manufacturers are trying to cut sugar, claims the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after pressure groups claimed some breakfast cereals contained “shocking levels of sugar”.
More sugar regulation might be necessary after the introduction of the sugar levy in April 2018, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has claimed, after research showed that more than one-in-five children started school overweight or obese.
A study of mice has given further credence to the potential link between gut bacteria and obesity.
A study that suggests sugar-free and diet drinks play no role in helping people lose weight is unhelpful and ignores the evidence base, scientists and industry lobby groups claim.
What do youngsters really think about the impact of the soft drinks levy, due to be introduced in 2018? After research published in The Lancet last week backed claims that the levy alone could not remedy Britain’s obesity epidemic, we look back at video interviews exploring how young people think the levy will impact their buying habits.
Companies that plan to reformulate their products in the run up to the sugar tax and voluntary reduction targets are likely to be eligible for tax relief on research and development (R&D) costs, a specialist in the field has advised.
Childhood obesity levels are continuing to increase in the UK, with rates for children living in the most deprived areas more than double those living in affluent boroughs, a national survey has found.
The Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) new president elect, Premier Foods’s ceo Gavin Darby, has named his top twin priorities as helping to remedy the nation’s obesity epidemic and ensuring the sector has a “strong plan” to thrive after Brexit.
The decision to ban ‘junk food’ advertising across all children’s media, in a bid to tackle childhood obesity, has been welcomed by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Draft legislation for the Soft Drink Industry Levy has been described as “complex” and raises “serious questions” if a sugar tax would work, said law firm DWF.
Leisure centres are to be encouraged to offer healthier food and drink choices in a new initiative set out in the government’s childhood obesity plan.
Nestlé claims to have found a way to reduce the sugar content of its chocolate by 40%, without affecting taste.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has maintained that a soft drinks sugar tax wouldn’t improve public health, after some of its members claimed they have “no position” on the levy.
A low-carbohydrate diet is usually associated with people trying to lose weight, but another group of carb-cutting enthusiasts is emerging.
The concept of mindful eating as a means of driving healthy dietary choices is attracting attention.
Soft drinks firm Britvic reported a 10.1% rise in annual sales revenue to £1.43bn, boosted by growth in its no and low sugar drinks, as the manufacturer strived to reduce sugar content before the sugar tax is introduced in April 2018.
Leading cereal manufacturers are striving to slash sugar and salt content, according to the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after it was revealed that more than half of Kellogg’s and Nestlé’s UK breakfast cereals were high in sugar.
The widespread misunderstanding among huge swathes of the public about nutrition science has led the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) to embark on a programme of work to make this complex subject better understood and dispel many of the myths that are widely held to be true.
New product development, obesity and the future of nutrition dominated discussions at this year’s Food Matters Live event at the ExCel, London.
Food and drink producers should consider longer-term sugar purchasing contracts, or switch to sweeteners, before the EU sugar quota ends in October 2017, a report has claimed.
Waitrose has lowered the sugar content of its own-label breakfast cereals, with some products seeing a reduction of up to 30%.
Cargill plans to invest £30.1M (€35M) to boost sweeteners capacity across its European operations.
National Health Service (NHS) plans to introduce a sugar soft drinks ban or tax in its hospitals could not be “justified”, according to British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) boss.
Tesco is to reduce the sugar content in all of its own-label soft drinks in a bid to offer healthier choices to its customers, it claimed.
A third (33%) of young people keen to lead a healthier lifestyle have tried to eat less meat, the ‘Healthy Lifestyles UK 2016’ report from Mintel has revealed.
Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.
The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results reveal a few improvements.
A growing association between the concept of “ultra-processed” foods and nutrition-related health problems has been criticised by a leading professor in the field.
An international sweeteners body has slammed a study that claimed industry-supported research into low-calorie sweetened beverages and weight outcomes was more likely to show favourable results.
The Scottish government is spending £250,000 to improve Scotland’s diet, after further evidence emerged that most Scots do not follow healthy eating recommendations.
The latest government survey on the dietary habits of the UK population has brought a mixture of encouragement and concern from nutrition experts.
Tighter controls on ‘junk food’ advertising was one of the measures demanded by Cancer Research UK on World Obesity Day (October 11), after revealing 1.66M children have started secondary school overweight or obese in the past 10 years.
Premier Foods was the star of the show at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) awards last week (September 22), when it walked away with several prizes recognising its achievements in science, healthy reformulation and a campaign to help older people in the community.
There is renewed interest in blood sugar management as an approach to combat obesity.
Food experts and lobby groups have criticised the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity strategy for focusing too heavily on sugar at the detriment of overall calorie intake.
The UK will probably strengthen rules governing the front-of-pack nutrition labelling of food and drink packs – something it has been restricted from doing as part of the EU – rather than watering them down following the Brexit vote, a food labelling expert has claimed.
Children between the ages of four and 10 are consuming twice as much sugar as their recommended daily allowance, despite intake from sugar-sweetened soft drinks falling, according to Public Health England (PHE) figures.
People in the UK need to consider dietary supplementation of the essential vitamin D in their diets to compensate for the absence of that produced in the body from exposure to sunlight during the months of October to March, according to new government dietary guidelines from Public Health England (PHE).
Arla Foods UK has launched a major new breakfast campaign as part of its £100M commitment to support healthier eating among consumers.
Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.
The government’s much delayed childhood obesity strategy, published today (August 18) by the Department of Health, has received a mixed response from health lobby groups and the food industry alike, with neither side feeling it provides a truly holistic solution to the growing obesity crisis in children.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) outlined measures to improve the safety of food and tackle the growing obesity problem north of the border, as it focused on health and nutrition in its five-year strategy report.
Business leaders in the food and drink industry have formed a coalition to oppose the UK soft drinks tax, following a report that claimed the tax would place 4,000 jobs at risk and wipe £132M from the economy.
The decision to further delay publication of the government’s childhood obesity strategy has been met with dismay by health lobby groups that fear a policy closely associated with the last administration could be kicked into the long grass.
Mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners can raise appetite levels, and lead to increased calorie intake, has been backed up by a major new study that claims to show for the first time why this response occurs.
The soft drinks sugar tax would threaten 4,000 jobs and cost £132M according to an Oxford Economics report.
The British public is under-reporting the amount of calories consumed, which could frustrate policy makers’ bid to combat obesity, according to new research.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has hit back at claims it said non-western countries had welcomed less healthy food advertising at the Rio Olympics.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has released a free reformulation guide for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), designed to help them reduce the sugar content in their products.
Supermarkets place more promotions on less-healthy food and drink than on healthier products and should restore the balance, according to a new report from a consumer pressure group.
The range of confectionery that can be made using the depositing process has increased with the introduction of new mould technology for the Baker Perkins ServoForm depositor.
Food manufacturers are increasingly likely to use intellectual property (IP) rights as both an asset and a weapon in the battle to meet reformulation demands over sugar, a lawyer has claimed.
The report from the pressure group the National Obesity Forum (NOF), branded as irresponsible by Public Health England and discordant with the international consensus, criticised the government’s Eatwell guide and official UK dietary reference values (DRVs), particularly those for fat and carbohydrates.
Almost two-thirds (61%) of Britons admit their diet is not considered healthy or balanced, a new survey has found.
Brexit and the sugar tax topped food and drink manufacturers’ concerns this year, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s exclusive industry-wide survey. We explore the headline results of the survey with the editor of Food Manufacture Rick Pendrous.
The UK sugar levy – due to be introduced in April 2018 – has little chance of implementation after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an obesity pressure group.
The UK sugar levy should be scrapped, so that more can be done to help businesses cope with the transition to life after Brexit, according to Coca-Cola UK’s boss.
Full-sugar soft drinks variants like Coca-Cola ‘red’ should be drunk in moderation and complemented with exercise, the man responsible for running Europe’s largest soft drinks site has admitted.
Fresh from winning his second Wimbledon title, tennis star Andy Murray will also be enjoying the success of Oppo ice cream.
New US scientific research, just published, based on a 30 year study into dietary fats and their effects on health, has reinforced current dietary public health guidelines that had been questioned by some health lobby groups.
The type of sugar used in food can make a significant difference to the blood glucose management of people with type 2 diabetes, according to a German study funded by Beneo.
A high fat food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a study published in Experimental Physiology.
A high level of shopper awareness over the proposed sugar tax on soft drinks has not yet translated into any comparable change in shopper behaviour – but concern over sugar intake has increased – a new survey has revealed.
Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).
British Soft Drinks Association boss Gavin Partington cannot find any logic in the soft drinks tax, reports Noli Dinkovski.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has refuted claims from Action on Sugar that it had warned members not to engage with charities over product formulation.
Family members are the strongest role models for influencing children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits, according to one of the largest online surveys of school children in the UK carried out from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).
A student team from Nottingham Trent University has scooped the gold prize for their low-fat, non-dairy ice cream made with algal protein, in the UK leg of Ecotrophelia 2016 – the pan-European competition for ecologically inspired innovative new product development (NPD).
The National Obesity Forum (NOF) has no plans to replace the four members who resigned last week – after a controversial pro-fat report was released by mistake – according to the organisation.
The Coca-Cola Company could face a bill as high as £226M a year under the sugar tax, if it doesn’t pass on the increased charge for its sugary drinks to consumers, according to market research firm Euromonitor.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has accused a philosopher of being “naive” after he stated that modern food processing was a danger to health.
A report from the National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with Public Health Collaboration has come under flak from Public Health England (PHE), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) for providing bad nutritional advice.
The proposed sugar tax on soft drinks is likely to fail in its intended aim of reducing calorie intake as consumers will simply trade down to cheaper, own-label variants, a leading legal food specialist has claimed.
Drinks companies would suffer “very significant financial implications” if the Scottish government were to implement a ‘bottle tax’ through a nationwide deposit return system on beverage containers, the head of a leading trade body has claimed.
Adults aged 18 to 50 worry more about their weight than any other health concern – but priorities change as they get older – a European-wide survey from DSM has found.
Health lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has come under swingeing attacks from some of its own medical advisers in press reports over the past weekend, following controversial advice it rushed out last week advising people to eat more fatty foods, reduce carbohydrate intake and stop counting calories.
Tesco is capitalising on the growing vegetarian trend by launching, what it claims are, the UK’s first ever cauliflower and mushroom barbecue (bbq) steaks.
Advice to eat more fat in a bid to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes, from the National Obesity Forum (NOF), has been branded as irresponsible by Public Health England (PHE).
Government plans to support business, education and the economy – set out in the Queen’s Speech – have been welcomed by food and drink manufacturers. But plans to introduce a sugar tax continued to draw criticism from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Public health officials in Liverpool are to be the first to name leading soft drink brands – such as Lucozade, Coca-Cola, Tropicana, Capri-Sun and Ribena – warning how many sugar cubes are in each drink.
Nichols announced a relaunch of its sugar-free brands this summer, following the news of the tax on sugary drinks, and predicted earnings would be in line with expectations.
Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB)is to improve and rebrand Coke Zero as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, in an attempt to change the mix of its portfolio.
Big opportunities exist for food manufacturers to tackle obesity through the use of food containing non-digestible inulin fibre to encourage satiety, according to a leading academic.
The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.
A certification label to give consumers the ability to take control of their free sugar intake has been launched with the backing of Tesco.
The government’s sugar tax on soft drinks could open the floodgates for further food taxes, warns accountants Old Mill.
Mars Foods is to advise consumers to limit the consumption of certain products in a bid to improve the nation’s health..
New EU research shows that diets targeted at an individual’s specific needs –personalised nutrition – can improve health more than general nutrition advice, but the results are not improved by honing that advice based on people's phenotype (physiological characteristics) or genetic (DNA) make-up.
Food activity labels – which specify the exercise needed to burn off the calories contained in the product – needs more research, according to trade body the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
A leading healthy food campaigner has claimed to be “sympathetic” towards manufacturers of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar, as they are not operating on a level playing-field when it comes to promotions.
The advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) to children online has moved a step nearer to falling under the same restrictions as TV advertising after it was revealed that a public consultation was being prepared.
George Osborne’s announcement of a sugar tax on soft drinks in last month's budget took everyone by complete surprise. Cynics were quick to accuse him of blatantly trying to deflect attention from declining growth forecasts.
Scottish soft drinks company AG Barr says it will focus on lower sugar products to adapt to changing consumer tastes and the chancellor’s proposed sugar tax.
New product development will become even more important for food and drink manufacturers, after the Chancellor’s sugar tax budget bombshell, according director of the Aurora Ceres Partnership Steve Osborn, who chaired Food Manufacture's recent innovation conference.
Soft drinks companies are looking into options, including legal action, in the wake of the government plans to introduce a soft drinks tax.
Key questions are emerging about the effectiveness of the proposed soft drinks tax, following the statement by George Osborne in the budget last week.
A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
There’s still time to book a place at Food Manufacture’s food and drink innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016 – which takes place tomorrow (March 17) at etc.venues St. Pauls, 200 Aldersgate, London.
There are just three days to go until Food Manufacture’s food and drink innovation conference – featuring all forms of innovation from personalised nutrition to edible insects and tackling obesity through satiety – gets under way in London on Thursday March 17.
Results from four EU-funded nutrition projects, covering weight management, heart disease and healthy ageing, are to be revealed at this year’s Vitafoods Europe show.
Restrictions on the use of high intensity sweeteners continue to frustrate food manufacturers trying to reformulate products by reducing added sugar.
The government’s widely-anticipated childhood obesity strategy has been delayed until the summer.
The soft drink industry has slammed claims that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut UK obesity rates by 5% within nine years – resulting in 3.7M fewer obese people.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has refused to rule out a sugar tax, as celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has vowed to “get more ninja” in his bid to tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic.
Plans by the National Health Service (NHS) to introduce a sugar tax on food and drink sold in its hospitals has been heavily criticised by industry trade bodies.
The Business Leaders’ Forum (BLF) – organised by the Food Manufacture Group – has grown to become “probably the premier event in the food calendar”, according to host sponsor DWF.
Food and drink manufacturers need to stop being defensive and instead take a seat at the table to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis, according to a leading obesity expert.
A shift in power from retailers to their suppliers, leading to a better year than expected, was one of four key surprises that shaped the UK food and drink industry last year, Paul Wilkson, chair of the Food Manufacture Group Business Leaders’ Forum told delegates recently.
Britain’s “complete obsession” with sugar could skew the government’s childhood obesity strategy due next month, warns a leading obesity expert, who was dismissive of a sugar tax.
Food and drink manufacturers should thank celebrity chef and anti-sugar campaigner Jamie Oliver for focusing attention on their contribution to healthy eating, according to Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax, tougher reformulation targets and regulation of promotions in order to defuse an obesity “time bomb”.
The National Health Service (NHS) plans to introduce a sugar tax in its hospitals in an attempt to help combat the UK’s obesity crisis.
Food and drink manufacturers should adopt ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on their products which show how much activity is needed to burn off the calories in them, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
Alongside the now-familiar call for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks, the recent House of Commons Health Select Committee report on child obesity proposed other measures, including centrally-led reformulation in high-sugar food and drink.
Reformulation, together with restrictions on the marketing and promotion of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar are more important than sugar taxes, according to Public Health England (PHE), which in October called on the government to introduce taxes as one of a raft of measures to curb the UK's obesity epidemic.
A new study that claims reducing the sugar content of sugar-sweetened drinks could prevent 1.5M cases of obesity and overweightness has been dismissed as “fanciful” and “contrary to the evidence” by the food industry.
Many UK consumers deny they are part of the nation’s obesity epidemic – a problem recently dubbed as serious a threat as terrorism – new data released by Mintel has revealed.
As we start the new year, the food and drink industry awaits with much anticipation what the government is going to call on it to deliver as part of its childhood obesity strategy.
A number of industry players are “cheating” consumers by making ‘no sugar’ claims, despite using carbohydrates that are even more glycaemic than sugar, according to a Beneo representative.
A paper in the Lancet in September revealed that while we are living longer, poor diet now exceeds smoking as a risk factor for chronic diseases in England. So, the policy focus on nutrition is unlikely to go away any time soon.
Food industry self-regulation has failed and government intervention could create a “level playing-field” among manufacturers, a Conservative MP and obesity campaigner has claimed.
Tesco is to roll out sugar reduction targets to its own-label suppliers in new categories of food and drink in the New Year, following the success it has achieved in healthier reformulation of children’s soft drinks, its group quality director Tim Smith has revealed.
Scotland’s poor diet is not improving and urgent action must be taken to stop obesity from being the norm, according to a report from the country’s food body.
The Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) has been “parked” by the government, according to Food and Drink Federation director general Ian Wright, who has urged government to revitalise its efforts to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis.
2 Sisters Food Group’s decision to snap up S&A Foods’s former site in Derby and reports of Morrisons’ potential exit from the FTSE 100 leads our selection of the top headlines in food and drink manufacturing.
Obese people are far less efficient at regulating the fat levels in their body, which puts them at higher risk of contracting cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes, according to a leading expert on the human metabolism of fat.
European consumers’ appetite for sugary foods is waning in favour of low-sugar products, according to new Mintel research revealed at the Food Ingredients Europe show in Paris.
A sugar tax and childhood obesity report by Members of Parliament (MPs) has been slammed by the industry as a public relations (PR) stunt for the health lobby.
More than two-thirds of British adults believe a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks would: penalise most people who consume soft drinks responsibly, rise each year and lead to taxes on other foods, according to an independent poll commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Action on Sugar has launched a six-step “evidence-based” action plan to prevent the UK’s obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis from spiralling out of control.
Japanese savoury snack manufacturer Calbee UK will make a “significant investment” in its Deeside factory in Wales and boost staff numbers to 100, after winning a contract to supply 650 Tesco stores, the firm has revealed.
Tackling the UK’s obesity epidemic, resolving the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU and boosting productivity will be the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) top three ambitions for 2016, FoodManufacture.co.uk can exclusively reveal.
Food and drink manufacturers must make three changes across their businesses to help boost the health of consumers, according to consumer group Which?
Food and drink manufacturers should forget about managing people that are currently obese and instead focus on preventing more people becoming overweight, according to a leading expert.
Grocery think tank IGD is planning a range of new activities designed to help consumers improve their understanding of a nutritionally balanced diet and encourage healthier eating as it takes a more prominent role in trying to curb the UK’s obesity epidemic.
The near impossibility of imposing a sugar tax was one of four reasons why a tax would not limit sugar consumption or obesity, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF) director general Ian Wright.
Product reformulation, an advertising ban and restrictions on promotions are expected to be the main focus of the government’s childhood obesity strategy.
The soft drinks sector has hit out at national media claims that a new study proves a clear link between sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in men.
The soft drinks sector has defended itself against attacks from health campaigners as the sugar tax debate intensifies.
The country’s largest soft drinks companies have dismissed the idea of a sugar tax and pointed to strides made by the sector in calorie reduction.
Food and Drink Federation boss Ian Wright has hit back at Jamie Oliver, comparing his tactics to those of EastEnders hardman Phil Mitchell, as the sugar row turns sour.
A sugar tax could cut sugary drink purchases and help fight obesity, according to Public Health England (PHE), amid controversy over the government shelving the health agency’s report into the issue.
A controversial report calling for a sugar tax to fight childhood obesity has been released following outcry an over a government decision to delay its publication.
A psychologist and a chef are using a multi-sensory approach to address health issues such as reducing sugar and salt content in food.
More products tackling visceral fat are likely to be developed, following a European Commission (EC) ruling on the use of the liquorice root extract Glavonoid.
Grocery think tank the IGD has launched a new healthy eating programme to begin next year, designed to improve the nation’s diet.
Campaigners are calling for a sugar reduction programme modelled on the successful salt reduction work of the past few years, as part of the strategy to combat childhood obesity which the government is currently working on.
Soft drink manufacturers worldwide have again been urged to set sugar reduction targets, while the advertising regulator plans to consult on new rules for non-broadcast adverts targeted at children.
Food and drink manufacturers have praised the government for ruling out Jamie Oliver’s proposed sugar tax, claiming the idea was “misplaced”.
The government should update its advice on food portion sizes urgently, warns a leading charity, after researchers advised smaller food packages could help to cut Britain’s obesity crisis.
Smaller food and drink packages sold in supermarkets and smaller portions served at home and in restaurants could help beat Britain’s obesity crisis, claims news research from the University of Cambridge.
Food and Drink Federation (FDF) boss Ian Wright has appealed for food industry unity, ahead of what he predicted will be “lies” told about the sector.
The government will be forced to consider debating whether to tax sugary drinks after a petition calling for the move by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver gained more than 100,000 signatures.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been slammed by food and drink manufacturers for “over-simplifying” the obesity debate and of having double standards surrounding nutritional information in his restaurants.
Is a renewed focus on sugar reduction an inevitable consequence of the SACN recommendations? Lynda Searby digests the report and its implications for the food industry.
Manufacturers should prime themselves to take advantage of the supermarkets’ abolition of ‘guilt lanes’ by making healthy alternatives to chocolates and sweets to stock at checkouts, like the online snack manufacturer Graze has done, its boss has said.
High salt intakes may boost the risk of obesity in both adults and children, claims new research.
Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an unreconstructed leftie who would make Labour unelectable. His fans – including many young people – see him as a man of principle whose views haven't been swayed in pursuit of popularity
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s call to put sugary soft drinks “on the naughty step” with a 20% tax has been slammed by industry as ’pointless’.
Britons’ love affair with drinking tea could be a thing of the past as a new study finds that tea sales have fallen by 6% since 2010.
Judging from the press coverage it received, it would be easy to get the impression that the recommendations to halve the total daily energy intake derived from free sugars in people's diets from 10% to 5% a day was the only thing of any significance in the 'Carbohydrates and Health' report published last month by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).
Consumers have launched a storm of protest on Twitter after Tesco appeared to ban Ribena and Capri-Sun soft drinks from its shelves.
Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.
The government should halve the recommended daily intake of sugar, an influential committee of nutrition experts has advised in a widely anticipated report.
Manufacturers must do more to help consumers halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to less than 5%, commentators on Twitter have urged after the release of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's report on carbohydrates today.
There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing leaders have said.
Nutrition to maximise the brain development of young people will be a big area of focus for food scientists in the future, according to a leading scientist.
The food and drink industry has slammed the British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) calls for a tax on sugary drinks to fight the UK’s growing obesity crisis, claiming it would be ineffective.
The cost of combating Britain’s obesity crises should not be footed by the taxpayer and consumers who overindulge should instead pay more towards the National Health Service (NHS).
People who abuse their bodies by eating poorly and not exercising enough should pay more towards the National Health Service (NHS) than those who take better care of themselves, a business strategist has controversially suggested.
Popcorn manufacturers are pumping too much salt into their products, while leading consumers to believe they are a healthy snack, campaigners have claimed.
A leading food and drink industry boss has slammed criticism of the sector’s record on curbing sugar levels voiced by the chief executive of the National Health Service England (NHS).
A call for a tax on sugary food and drinks from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh today will hike the pressure on industry to help tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic by making products healthier.
Action on Sugar’s (AoS’s) latest research into fruit-based snacks masks useful nutritional information, confusing parents and potentially stopping children from having healthier treats, nutritionists have warned.
Soft drinks firms have increased the value of their brands globally over the past year, despite consumer health concerns about sugar and artificial sweeteners, new figures suggest.
Food manufacturers should not reformulate sugary food and drinks to make them healthier, but consumers should instead be more accountable for what they eat.
Anti-sugar campaigners have called on the UK’s biggest retailers to follow Tesco’s lead and slash sugar across their own-label soft drinks ranges.
The price of vegetables has risen by a whopping 199% in the past 30 years in the UK while the cost of an ice cream has fallen by 50%, driving the UK’s obesity epidemic, a new report has claimed.
Sharing the latest information on food science and technology is the aim of a new transatlantic partnership forged between the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) and the US Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launched his party’s manifesto on Wednesday (April 15) claiming that it built on a record of policies delivered in national government.
Business leaders have given a mixed response to Labour’s manifesto published on Monday (April 13), with praise for its commitment to EU membership but criticism of its curb on zero-hours contracts.
Labour pledged to expand the role of the supermarket watchdog to protect food producers, create better paid jobs and apprenticeships across the rural economy, while creating a “world-leading food, farm and fisheries sector” in its manifesto released yesterday (April 13).
A healthy children’s ready meal start-up is set to go global and has joined forces with the popular kid’s book The Gruffalo.
Sales of sports drinks and fruit juices continue to plunge in what looks like a consumer reaction to concerns raised by anti-sugar campaigners.
The Danish have increased their intake of fish and vegetables and reduced their consumption of sugary soft drinks, but are still eating too much fat, according to findings from the latest Danish national diet survey.
UK food and drink manufacturers could be hit by more stringent regulation in a bid to curb rising obesity levels and reduce the burden on the National Health Service, experts have said.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS), the new public sector food body for Scotland, was launched yesterday (April 1), as a new poll identified Scotland’s top food concerns.
Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.
The food and drink industry has made a “good start” in helping consumers adopt healthier lifestyles, according to the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).
Nichols will keep outperforming, aided by continued focus on value rather than volume growth, according to a leading analyst.
World Health Organisation (WHO) sugar guidance is “disappointing” and suggests food firms have persuaded it to take a softer line on consumption, claims pressure group Action on Sugar (AoS).
Food firms should work harder to cut and communicate sugar content in their products, according to seven in 10 consumers responding to a survey by market analyst Mintel.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.
The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.
Innovation is likely to shape the future of the future industry in a market dominated by lack of growth, price pressure from food retailers and changing consumer behaviour, according to a new report from Rabobank.
Londoners buy fewer sweets than consumers in the north east of England, new data from a shopping and price comparison website has claimed.
Gluten-free (GF) food manufacturers would be hit hard by taxes on high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) content, as calls to make food and drink healthier would leave the sector struggling to reformulate, bosses have warned.
Food manufacturers and scientists have hit back at “the madness” of British Medical Journal (BMJ), in publishing a survey which claimed the government’s scientific advisers on obesity were swayed by industry funding.
Technology that helps consumers tailor what they eat to their specific health requirements – so-called ‘personalised nutrition’ – will take off over the next five years, the head of intelligence and economics at the Future Foundation think tank has predicted.
Sales of salty snacks could be hit as health-conscious consumers plan to remove them from their shopping baskets in the year ahead, according to information and insights company Nielsen.
The debate about childhood obesity will intensify tomorrow (February 5) when a comprehensive review of digital and online food and drink marketing to children is published.
Responsible innovation is the theme of the Food Vision 2015 event, connecting leaders in nutrition and food and drink development, to take place in Cannes, south of France between March 18–20.
Sales of the natural sweetener stevia are set to rocket beyond their £4M market value in the UK, as sweet-toothed consumers search for indulgent products with fewer calories, analysts have predicted.
A slowdown in childhood obesity growth rates does not absolve the food and drink industry from blame, despite its efforts to reduce the fat, sugar and salt (FSS) content of its products, experts have said.
Obesity, skills and the changing retailer landscape were some of the key issues debated at last week’s Business Leaders’ Forum at the Walkie Talkie building in central London.
Alara Wholefoods aims to create 17 jobs over the course of this year off the back of strong demand for its organic and gluten-free muesli and other food lines.
Food and drink manufacturers should prepare for the threats and opportunities arising from the General Election in May, according to law firm DWF.
Calls for stricter advertising regulation for ‘junk’ food from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) could have “nasty side effects”, according to the advertiser trade body ISBA.
Debate about taxing ‘unhealthy’ foods provoked division at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum and was a top hot topic singled out by Geoff Eaton, chairman of New England Seafood International.
The British Soft Drinks Association’s (BSDA’s) director general Gavin Partington has slammed the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA’s) new policy on sugary drinks for children.
Limits will be set on fat, sugar and salt levels in the food marketed to children, if Labour wins the next general election on May 7.
Pressure on food manufacturers to come up with healthier recipes has never been stronger, says Paul Gander
It may take 100 years to cut UK consumers’ sugar intake to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to market analyst Datamonitor.
Top of my list is that balance will be restored to discussions about healthy eating and, ever the optimist, I am pinning my hopes on the relaunch of the government's Eatwell plate healthy eating guide, scheduled for the new year.
Haggis would help tackle America’s obesity crisis, but its import ban into the US must first be lifted, Members of Parliament were told in a House of Commons debate yesterday (January 15).
Setting unrealistic fat, salt and sugar limits for foods could spoil their quality, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has warned, responding to Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s policy proposals.
The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming Conference.
Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby has pledged to forge closer partnerships with suppliers and customers in a list of New Year resolutions submitted to this website by key industry figures.
Labour has pledged to put food policy at the heart of a new “industry strategy”, while introducing a more joined-up approach to food safety and health challenges, if it is successful after the general election on May 7.
The food industry’s failure to make progress on curbing the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), will set in train a major overhaul of the voluntary Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD).
The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according to a new survey published by research group Campden BRI on January 6.
News that the voluntary Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) had failed to reach agreement among brand owners on the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS), has seen renewed calls for tougher regulation of the food and drink industry.
It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about the hottest topics facing UK food and drink manufacturers in 2014.
Making low-fat versions of high-fat food and drink is something scientists will strive to do better, despite criticism, says Nicholas Robinson
The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.
Food and drink businesses that loosely use the term ‘natural’ on their products to make them appear healthy could soon be rumbled by untrusting consumers, experts have warned.
Action on Sugar (AoS) has slammed the manufacturers of “seemingly healthy” children’s fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies, which can often contain more sugar than regular Coca-Cola.
Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions would be better.
Scottish firms have slashed salt, fat and calories further in a reformulation drive to make products healthier for consumers.
Food and drink manufacturers must emphasise the role of exercise in reducing obesity or risk being sidelined in the debate and hit with stricter regulation, according to new research.
A healthy quinoa bar concept developed by a team of final year culinary arts management students has picked up the award in the ‘culinary product development challenge’, run by the Automatic Vending Association (AVA) in partnership with the University College Birmingham (UCB).
Sweetly Stevia is the first sweetening product to offer consumers a 100% natural alternative to sugar, but tastes as good, claims the company behind the new brand.
Women’s diets before and during pregnancy can have a profound effect on the health of their offspring in later life, a leading public health nutritional scientist has revealed.
Vending machines are about to undergo a revolution in the UK with new hot and cold food offerings set to create a completely new sales channel for manufacturers.
Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be part of the mix, it has emerged.
Natural products with intrinsic benefits are healthier than food and drink reformulated to be more nutritious, according to consumer research.
Food and drink manufacturers cannot “sit back” and watch the obesity crisis worsen, a leading weight loss surgeon has urged, following the release of a report calling for a 10-year strategy to tackle the UK's obesity crisis.
Nutritional policies and front-of-pack guidance on food products are failing to improve public health and curb the UK’s obesity epidemic, according to a leading expert.
Weight watchers are ruining their diets by giving in to the multitude of tempting snack foods available to them, which is making them feel guilty and emotional.
A tobacco-style regulation should be introduced to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food products and help to protect and promote healthy diets, according to health campaigners and consumer advocates.
Claims that the government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ promotes excessive sugar intake and contributes to growing health problems in the UK have been rubbished by leading nutritionists.
Children’s attitudes to health are being improved by kids’ diet scheme PhunkyFoods – funded by Nestlé and 2 Sisters Food Group – according to research revealed today (October 28) by Leeds Beckett University.
The government’s ‘Eatwell Plate’ has come under criticism for containing more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar in just one meal, by Paleo Britain.
The food industry cannot be seen as truly responsible and sustainable until it stops wasting so much of the food it produces, according to Iglo Group.
A backlash against sugar and sugary foods has driven consumers towards ‘natural’ alternatives, but they can be just as bad for health, experts have warned.
Small-scale food manufacturers have been warned to beware the food safety consequences of reformulating their products to remove salt, sugar and fat.
Four threats, including antimicrobial resistance, and two opportunities will be some of the biggest influences on UK food safety in the years ahead, delegates heard at the Food Manufacture Group’s safety conference this week.
The food industry must engage with frozen food firm Iglo Group’s latest programme to tackle obesity, food waste and unsustainable production, according the firm’s boss Elio Leoni Sceti.
Tougher measures to tackle obesity have been proposed in a report published by 2020health and funded by AB Sugar, including a ban on daytime TV adverts for unhealthy products targeting kids.
Soft drinks manufacturers have responded to demands from Public Health England (PHE) to strip sugar out of their products, in a bid to battle childhood tooth decay.
Scotland’s ageing and increasingly overweight population is facing a “diabetes time bomb”, which must be a focus of the Scottish government.
Reformulation is not the sole solution to obesity, as health-conscious consumers could be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing low-sugar or low-fat products, according to research from AB Sugar.
Scottish consumers drink more alcohol, eat fewer fruits and vegetables and drink more sugary drinks than the rest of the UK, according to Scotland’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) results.
Home-cooked meals may not be the healthiest or cheapest option for consumers, as food businesses continue to respond to health and price concerns by adapting their recipes, according to new research.
British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.
Determined food businesses working to lower fat content could benefit from a new strain of rapeseed that produces oil with lower than usual levels of saturated fat.
Bakeries are being forced to shrink the size of their sweet products, as weight-conscious consumers demand better quality desserts with less sugar and fewer calories.
Less than 10% of 11-18 year olds and 30% of adults currently achieve five-a-day.
Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University described as “absolute nonsense” Christopher Snowdon’s report from the Institute of Economic Affairs ‘The Fat Lie’, which claimed that a lack of exercise, rather than overeating, was behind obesity.
The rise in obesity in the UK has been primarily caused by a decline in physical activity, not by increased calorie and sugar consumption, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs.
Demand for baking ingredients and kits is set to crumble as health conscious consumers look to avoid sugar and spend less time in the home, according to a report by Mintel.
Nutrition is not a precise science. Most studies on the effects of human dietary intake have to take account of potentially confounding factors, since it is rarely possible to control what people eat in extended studies as it might with lab rats.
Soy sauce can be used to reduce the salt content of manufactured foods by more than 30%, according to recent research from the Dutch university Wageningen’s UR Food and Biobased Research centre.
Food manufacturers could slash sugar content in products by applying four technologies to use sugar differently, according to Leatherhead Food Research’s head of ingredients and product innovation Dr Wayne Morley.
Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US.
Policy makers, consumers and food manufacturers risk losing focus on the need to cut levels of fat in the nation’s diet, following the publication of a scientific report, which called for sugar consumption to be halved to cut rising obesity levels, experts in the field have warned.
Married men are fatter than their single counterparts, results from a newly commissioned study have shown.
A leading dietician has rubbished claims backing consumers ditching meat from their diets for health and environmental reasons and becoming flexitarians.
Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to a new study.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.
Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist.
Cheese came under fire from anti-obesity campaigner Professor Graham MacGregor at a recent conference for its high fat content.
The Food Manufacture Group assembled an expert team of webinar speakers to help separate the facts from the fictions and the myths from hard scientific realities surrounding Britain’s obesity crisis.
Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panellists taking part in Food Manufacture’s webinar on obesity.
Nearly 1,300 people registered for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots of Britain’s obesity crisis and its remedies. Here, we capture a flavour in quotes of the wide-ranging debate.
More research is needed to counter Britain’s burgeoning obesity crisis, according to the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), which helped the Food Manufacture Group stage an independent, free, one-hour video on the subject earlier this month.
Labour has shunned sugar tax plans in favour of working collaboratively with the food industry to make foods healthier, according to shadow health minister Luciana Berger.
Unhealthy foods don’t satisfy consumers’ appetites in the same way as other foods, meaning they end up eating more, fuelling the obesity “pandemic”, according to campaigners.
Calls to base Britain’s obesity debate on a more scientific footing and the urgent need to reformulate food and drink products were just two of the key messages speakers took from the Food Manufacture Group’s obesity webinar last week.
A new study revealing that more than 700 Britons a day are diagnosed with obesity-related diabetes constitutes a “national health emergency”, warns the boss of Diabetes UK.
Give food science a greater role in the debate about the roots and remedies of Britain’s obesity crisis, urged nutrition experts in their opening remarks at the Food Manufacture Group’s obesity webinar.
There’s still time to register for the Food Manufacture Group’s free, one-hour, independent webinar on the roots and remedies to Britain’s obesity crisis, taking place tomorrow at 1100 GMT tomorrow (Thursday July 3).
Food and drink manufacturers have called for a stronger partnership between industry and government, as part of a three-point wishlist for the next government.
Three leading food science, technology and nutrition groups have joined forces to back Food Manufacture’s free, independent, one-hour obesity webinar to be staged on Thursday July 3 at 1100 GMT, in a bid to move the debate about obesity onto a firmer scientific footing.