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Scottish food producers receive funding to make their recipes healthier


Gary Maclean – the National Chef of Scotland – announced the 14 food and drink businesses that will receive funding from Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland to help make their food healthier.

Some of Scotland’s much-loved butchery and meat manufacturers have been awarded funding including Simon Howie, Macsween of Edinburgh, Malcolm Allan and Cooper Butchers. While a whole range of other popular Scottish producers from Equis ice-cream, Bon Accord Soft Drinks and Saltire Patisserie through to social enterprise Edinburgh Community Food have received support. 

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The announcement was made today at a reformulation and innovation for health event hosted by FDF Scotland and Interface at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. 

These businesses will receive up to £5,000 to help kick start a range of projects including reducing the salt content in butchery products, decreasing fat in savoury pastries, reducing sugar in bakery products and meeting labelling and public health nutritional targets.

This fourth round of FDF Scotland’s Reformul8 Challenge Fund was made possible due to funding received from Scotland Food & Drink.

Public Health Minister Jenni Minto said:

‘’I have been lucky enough to see first-hand how Scotland’s talented food producers are reformulating and innovating the ingredients they use in their food and drink products to create healthier options. 

“This is part of a range of work being undertaken to help people make healthier choices supported by the Scottish Government’s Reformulation for Health Programme run by Food and Drink Federation Scotland.

“I recognise how challenging the last few years have been for businesses and manufacturers which makes this important work even more impressive.” 

Joanne Burns, Reformulation for Health Manager, FDF Scotland, said:

“I am delighted to provide 14 of Scotland iconic food and drink businesses with funding to make their popular food and drinks healthier.

“FDF Scotland is looking forward to supporting these projects and sharing the amazing achievements soon.

“This work is helping food and drink businesses to meet growing consumer demand for healthier options and to achieve public health targets.

“We are working with Scotland’s food and drink producers helping to improve the health of Scotland’s people one product at a time!”

If food and drink businesses are interested in finding out more about how FDF Scotland can support you with recipe reformulation please email 

The full list of food and drink businesses that received funding from the fourth round of the Reformul8 Challenge Fund:

Cooper Butchers
Equi’s Ice Cream
Edinburgh Community Food
Arsj Holding Ltd
Saltire Patisserie Ltd
Schoolyard Chillies
Fodilicious Ltd
Bon Accord Soft Drinks
Macsween of Edinburgh
Simon Howie Foods
Malcolm Allan
Three Robins Limited
Luscious Lovelies Cakes
Brose Oats

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