As part of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland’s Reformul8 Partnership, 13 food and drink businesses have received funding, in an effort to make their recipes and products healthier.
Among them, biscuit and confectionery manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean’s of Huntly have all been award funding. While a wide range of meat and butchery producers, including Bells Food Group, have also received support.
In addition, funding has been provided to Growers Garden, who make broccoli crisps, free from snacks manufacturer Fodilicious, ingredient suppliers Cardowan Creameries and R&W Scott.
According to FDF Scotland, food and drink businesses have “a real desire” to offer a wide range of healthier products, but the associated costs can prove challenging. This was the inspiration for establishing the Reformul8 Challenge Fund. This latest, third round of support was made possible due to UK£50,000 of funding received from the Scotland Food & Drink Recovery Plan, supported by the Scottish Government.
FDF Scotland will be supporting food producers with a breadth of projects including salt reduction, fat reduction, fibre enrichment and sugar reduction. The funding will be used for a wide range of activities, including accessing nutritional testing and technical support, working with ingredient suppliers to access and trial new innovative solutions, all of which can improve the health of products, as well as developing new marketing and promotional materials.
“I am delighted that we have been able to provide a third round of funding to help even more food producers make their recipes healthier. To date we have rewarded funding to 45 food businesses across Scotland,” said Joanne Burns, Reformulation for Health Manager, FDF Scotland. “I can’t wait to start working on these interesting projects with some of Scotland’s well-loved producers. Together we will be helping to make everyday food including biscuits, crisps, pies and haggis healthier. This in turn will improve the dietary health in communities across Scotland.”
Since the launch of its Reformulation for Health programme, funded by the Scottish government, 640 businesses have been targeted by the Reformul8 programme, 33 businesses have been supported to make healthier products and nine student placements have taken place.
On top of funding, the programme also supports producers by offering Healthier Bakery webinars, with training sessions focusing on lower fat, sugar and salt within key product ranges such as biscuits, cakes and pastry.
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