Health and Vitality

Report: Healthier reformulation is a recipe for success

Reformulating products to make them healthier helps companies meet unrecognised customer need and keep pace with new market trends to create valuable business opportunities, according to a new report. Commissioned by Nestlé Professional and produced by Footprint, the Recipe for Change report is an actionable, non-technical industry guide. It outlines how foodservice can help tackle…
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A new recipe for fighting obesity

In an age of austerity, reformulation rather than regulation is the policy of choice for tackling the crisis. By Professor Jack Winkler. MSPs on the health and sport committee in Holyrood wrote to the health minister, Aileen Campbell, last month urging her to take a “bold approach” to tackling obesity. It was an entirely sensible…
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No more excuses on obesity

Think of it like your in-laws: it’s flawed, but the Childhood Obesity Strategy is what we’ve got, and it’s time for foodservice to start getting on with it. That was the conclusion of October’s Footprint Forum: Fat Load of Good?: Foodservice and the Childhood Obesity Strategy, in association with CH&Co Group. The Childhood Obesity Plan…
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Misguided approach to diets

The public are the losers in the foolhardy fat fight among public health experts and campaigners, says Nick Hughes. Making healthy food choices is hard enough at the best of times, such is the onslaught of messaging imploring us to choose one product over another. But when even public health professionals can’t agree on the most…
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Food industry’s big allergy dilemma

The UK is seeking a pragmatic response to ‘may contain’ labelling which can deter customers, but new research warning of an explosion in allergies suggests the industry will continue to play it safe. ew doubt that precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) can baffle consumers seeking to avoid certain ingredients. A survey of 5,000 subscribers to the UK’s…
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Obese could become the new normal

Almost 700,000 new cases of cancer linked to being overweight or obese could be diagnosed in the UK during the next 20 years, according to a new report. The report, from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum, predicts that three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035, with more people…
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Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal's Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn't  ruled out legislation   The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?   Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do not believe we would have seen…
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Lucky number seven

NEW RESEARCH suggests that recommended guidelines for daily frui and veg intake need to increase from five portions to seven. This could be hard to swallow given current intakes.   When it comes to fruit and veg seven is the new five, according to research in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Researchers from University…
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2014 Health and Vitality Honours presented to industry elite

THE ACHIEVEMENTS of the elite foodservice companies working behind-the-scenes to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing were recognised at this year’s Health & Vitality Honours during a lunchtime ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground.                           The 2014 Health & Vitality Honours – hosted by…
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