Sugar content in major brands fell by 14% between 2005 – 2012

Danny McCoy, director general, IBEC; Minister for Health , Leo Varadkar ; and Paul Kelly, FDII

Salt content of 600 products fell by 37% and sugar content fell by 14% between 2005 and 2012, according to a new report from FDII



1 February 2016

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Significant reductions in fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt and calories have been achieved through the reformulation of some of Ireland’s most popular foods and beverages, a new report from Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII) reveals.

The FDII /Creme Global Reformulation Project report, compiled by leading analysts Creme Global, used data on 600 products from 14 of Ireland’s major food and drink companies and was supported by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). It showed that during the seven years (2005 – 2012) covered by the research, salt content of the products analysed reduced by 37% and sugar content fell by 14%.

Meanwhile, the amount of energy as measured in calories sold over the seven years to 2012 reduced by 12%. Both total fat and saturated fat intake reduced by approximately 10%.

Minister Varadkar, who launched the report on 27 January, said he supported “the efforts being made on reformulation in the past, ” but, “would like to see this work moving at a quicker pace with clear targets and timelines for achievement over the next three to five years”.

The 14 major consumer food and drink companies* which took part, will now provide reformulation data for the period 2013 to 2015. This will be the basis of another report to be published next year to allow trend analysis and better informed business and policy decisions in the future.

FDII will also recruit companies into a wider reformulation reporting programme, modelled on the successful salt reduction collaboration between industry and the FSAI that ran from 2003 to 2013.

The reformulation initiative forms part of FDII’s Health Strategy, which launched in 2013. As part of this, the Workplace Wellbeing Day 2016 will take place on Friday, 8 April, managed by the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), which, like FDII, is part of Ibec.

*(Participating companies include Britvic Ireland; Coca Cola Ireland; Glanbia Consumer Foods; Kelloggs Company Ireland; Kepak Convenience Foods; Kerry Foods; Largo Foods; Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland; Mars Ireland; Mondelez International; Nestlé; PepsiCo; Unilever and Valeo Foods.)



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