Obesity

Pladis said it had cut the sugar content in nine of its best selling McVitie’s biscuits last year

Pladis boosts profit and sales amid nutrition drive

By Rod Addy

Biscuits and snacks firm Pladis Foods, which makes brands such as McVitie’s, has reported significant annual growth in international profits and sales and outlined efforts to promote nutrition and healthy eating.

Calls for more obesity action

Sector pressed on obesity and healthy eating cost

By Michelle Perrett

The root causes of obesity lie in the food sector and the Government needs to invest in food innovation and reformulations that are affordable, a report by think tank Demos has revealed.

Food firms could be forced to adapt to the Government's new childhood obesity strategy by their stakeholders

Manufacturers to adapt to obesity policy or be forced to

By James Ridler

Food manufacturers must quickly adapt to the Government’s plans to curb childhood obesity or risk being forced to by their investors and stakeholders, according to a report from investment charity Share Action.

Reaction to the Government plans have been mixed.

Reaction mixed to obesity strategy

By Michelle Perrett

There was mixed reaction from the industry to the Government plans to fight obesity, which were released on 27 July.

Boredom, anxiety, stress and an inability to travel to supermarkets have sparked a rise in unhealthy eating during the coronavirus pandemic

Boredom sparks decline in healthy eating

By James Ridler

Nearly two-thirds of people in Britain have attributed the main reason for eating less healthily than usual during the coronavirus lockdown to boredom, according to the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).

Jackfruit is commonly used in south and south-east Asian cuisines

2020 FOOD TRENDS

Jackfruit, tempeh and seitan to lead plant-based boom

By Noli Dinkovski

The likes of jackfruit, tempeh and seitan are likely to appear much more frequently on supermarket shelves in 2020 as the plant-based boom continues, an ingredients supplier has claimed.

Social media is making it more difficult for consumers to monitor calorie intake

Social media advertising damaging obesity work

By Dan Colombini

Changes in consumer advertising behaviour and the rise of social media are making it more challenging for food manufacturers to tackle the UK’s obesity crisis.

Many food and drink businesses are already taking significant steps to make their products healthier, through reformulation, labelling and innovation.

IGD publishes guide for portion sizes

By Dan Colombini

Research and training charity IGD has published a new guide for food businesses to help them review and set portion sizes.

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