Encouraging a healthy attitude among small businesses

The Scottish Government, in partnership with the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, has announced that it’s extending its programme to help small businesses to make their products healthier.

The idea of the two-year scheme is to offer hands-on support for small companies across Scotland, helping them to reduce levels of sugar, fat and salt in their everyday products.

“It’s really encouraging to see small businesses making their products healthier, crucially without impacting on sales,” observes minister for public health Michael Matheson. “Simple updates to recipes or processes can make all the difference, often without much impact on taste. And every little improvement in the product can help meet customer preferences for healthier shopping baskets.

“Our programme for small businesses makes an important contribution, and we are having wider discussions with major manufacturers, retailers and caterers about broader actions to inspire healthier choices across the whole food spectrum.”

Dr Colette Backwell, director, Scottish Food and Drink Federation, adds: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised our work to make products healthier. As an industry, we are committed to playing our part in the improvement of public health and tackling the challenges of overweight and obesity alongside Government and other partners.

“This programme gives the smaller companies at the core of our industry access to in-house new product development expertise, while maintaining the safety and quality of the food and drink in which our consumers place their trust.”

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