Obesity

New draft legislation for the UK sugar tax was slammed for being 'complex'. Image: Petr Kratochvil

‘Complex’ sugar tax draft slammed

By Gwen Ridler

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.

Ultra-runners: those on a ketogenic diet have achieved the highest fat-burning rates ever recorded

Energy and endurance: the ketone kings

By Michelle Knott

A low-carbohydrate diet is usually associated with people trying to lose weight, but another group of carb-cutting enthusiasts is emerging.

J2O maker Britvic reported a profit rise of 10.3% in its full-year trading update

Sweet results for Britvic focusing on low sugar drinks

By Matt Atherton

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.

Kellogg and Nestlé defended themselves over claims its cereals were high in sugar

Cereal firms defend sugar and salt content levels

By Matt Atherton

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.

Williams: ‘Regrettably, some of the stories in the media do little to reduce public confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet’

British Nutrition Foundation targets myths in media

By Rick Pendrous

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...

Rabobank: The end of the EU sugar production quota will not necessarily guarantee a low price

Consider longer-term sugar contracts: report

By Noli Dinkovski

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.

The NHS's planned sugar tax for its hospitals could not be justified, according to BSDA boss

NHS sugar tax not ‘justified’: BSDA boss

By Gwen Ridler

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 amount of sugar in all of its own-label soft drinks

Tesco reduces sugar in own-label drinks

By Gwen Ridler

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.

Sweeteners: global sales of stevia continue to grow

Sweetener industry body returns bias accusation

By Noli Dinkovski

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.

Gordon Wiseman, senior research associate with Premier Foods, receives the Food & Drink Scientist of the Year Award from Hardeep Singh Kohli

Premier Foods stands out at Food and Drink Federation awards

By Rick Pendrous

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...

Will a spoonful of sugar make the regulatory medicine go down?

‘Mary Poppins Act’ needed to reduce sugar intake

By Rick Pendrous

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...

Children are eating twice as much sugar as their recommended daily allowance

Sugar intake in children is double daily allowance

By Matt Atherton

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.

Public Health England has recommended vitamin D supplements to compensate for lack of sunlight

Government guidelines propose vitamin D supplements in the diet

By Michelle Perrett

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...

A third of children are obese or overweight when they leave primary school

Obesity strategy is badly ‘flawed’ claim critics

By Rick Pendrous

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...

A coalition of businesses leaders, led by the BSDA, is campaigning to block the UK sugar tax on soft drinks

Coalition formed to block UK sugar tax

By Gwen Ridler

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.

Campaigners want mandatory regulation of foods high in fat, sugar and salt

Doubts over UK’s obesity strategy

By Rick Pendrous

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.

Artificial sweeteners may raise appetite levels

Sweeteners ‘make people eat more’

By Noli Dinkovski

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.

FDF has released a new sugar reformulation guide for SMEs

Sugar reformulation guide released by FDF

By Gwen Ridler

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.

FDF boss Ian Wright has hit back at criticism of his comments on food and drink sponsorship at the Olympics

FDF hits back at Olympics food criticism

By Gwen Ridler

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.

Buttriss: ‘the NOF report is largely an opinion piece and government advice remains unchanged’

Government sat-fat advice remains unchanged

By Judy Buttriss

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...

Intellectual property rights are likely to be used by manufacturers to meet reformulation demands

IP rights can become a ‘weapon’ in sugar war

By Noli Dinkovski

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 Sugar Levy less likely following the EU referendum, according to pressure group

Sugar tax unlikely after Brexit: pressure group

By Gwen Ridler

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.

Food and drink manufacturers were concerned about how Brexit would affect their business

What food and drink manufacturers worry about most

By Matt Atherton

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.

Coca-Cola UK & Ireland boss Jon Woods called for the sugar tax to be scrapped

Sugar tax should be scrapped: Coca-Cola UK boss

By Gwen Ridler

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.

A US health study has reinforced dietary public health guidelines

US dietary fats study highlights public health advice

By Gwen Ridler

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.