As the voice of the UK's largest manufacturing sector, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has a passionate belief that better outcomes for society will be delivered when
industry and Government work together in a genuine partnership to make food
safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable.
FDF's members, which are food companies of all sizes from across the UK, have
shown real leadership in recent years in supporting key areas of public policy.
But it is arguably our groundbreaking work in the area of health and wellbeing
where we have been making the biggest difference to the lives of consumers –
whether through our reformulation efforts – changing product recipes to be
things like salt, fat and sugar; the development of 'better for you' products;
the introduction of clearer on-pack nutritional information.
In fact, FDF and its members published their seven point health and wellbeing
action plan way back in 2004 – an early sign of the positive role our industry
could play in helping society meet the challenges posed by obesity. This plan
included a public commitment to provide clearer nutrition labelling on food and
packs as we recognised this would be a powerful tool for helping people make
better informed choices and improve their overall food literacy.
Three years ago, there was little nutritional information carried on the front
of most food and drink products sold in the UK. Today, that has all changed –
thanks to the enormous commitment shown by manufacturers and retailers who have
voluntarily incorporated this information on their packs.
The most widely adopted scheme in the UK is based on GDAs – Guideline Daily Amounts, and the available evidence suggests that shoppers from all walks of life are
increasingly aware of GDA labels on the front of packs, and are using them more often.
FDF company registration information
Food and Drink Federation
6 Catherine Street
London WC2B 5JJ
T: 0044 (0) 20 7836 2460