Featured vacancies:

Site Technical Manager
, Somerset
, £60000
 - £65000
per annum
Process Technologist, food manufacturing
, Norfolk
, £20000
 - £32000
per annum
Operations Manager
, Devon
, £45000
 - £55000
per annum
Foodservice National Account Executive
, Midlands
, £30000
 - £35000
per annum
 + Car or allowance, bonus & benefits (OTE £48K)
Graduate Food Technologist
, London
, £28000
 - £30000
per annum
Trainee Product Developer
, london
, £28000
 - £30000
per annum
New Guidelines For Reducing Sugar Intake

New Guidelines For Reducing Sugar Intake

Public Health England have set out new voluntary guidelines to help reduce the amount of sugar in foods aimed at children.

They want to limit sugar intake by 2020, with recommended sugar limits released for 9 particular foods.

Limits on foods

The 9 foods which have been singled out by PHE include biscuits, yoghurts, and breakfast cereals. With targets on these groups, the aim is to reduce the amount of sugar that children are getting from those foods in particular by at least 20% by 2020. In order to stay on target, they are also aiming to get a 5% reduction in the first year of the programme. Once the ball is rolling, it is hoped that the rest of the reduction will be easy to achieve.

sugar in a pot on a plate

The health body has set out plans which should help those working in ingredients jobs figure out how they can meet these new targets.

It should not come as a shock to any manufacturers, as there have already been challenges to all areas of the food and drink industry to start reducing the amount of sugar that children are consuming. This has included strong guidance on foods which are aimed at children, particularly those which used branded packaging featuring children’s characters.

Excess sugar in childhood (and later in life) can be a major contributing factor for obesity, which comes along with a raft of other problems – including a higher risk of cancer later in life. Alison Cox, the Director for Cancer Prevention with Cancer Research UK, is happy to see the new guidelines being recommended.

“Without action, the problem is only going to get worse, so it’s vital this new programme works towards the goal of slashing the amount of sugar hidden in our food,” she said.

Action going forwards

Those who make food for children have been advised of three major ways in which they can start to reduce sugar in processed food. These are as follows:

1. To change recipes so that sugar levels are lower

2. To reduce the portion sizes or calories of single serving products

3. To use marketing to encourage consumers to buy lower sugar or no added sugar products

“If industry can’t make this work, the NHS will struggle to deal with the obesity crisis we’re hurtling towards,” said Cox. “But this doesn’t have to be the case and we can’t afford to get this wrong. We hope to see companies cutting down on sugar and portion sizes over the coming years to play their part in improving our health.”

As things stand, sugar intake across the population is higher than the recommended level. Children suffer the most, with the average child eating double the recommended maximum. This is obviously creating a huge risk for obesity, as well as other health problems, both now and later in life.

This is something that must be taken into account during new product development, as well as considered for existing products that contain high levels of sugar.

“These guidelines are an important opportunity for industry to play their part in preventing people from developing cancers,” said Cox. “We believe a 20% cut in sugar by 2020 is both achievable and powerful.”

Dr Alison Tedstone, who is the chief nutritionist for PHE, thinks that 200,000 tonnes could be removed from the UK market per year as they approach the 2020 deadline.

“Levels of obesity are higher in children from deprived backgrounds. Tackling the amount of sugar we eat is not just a healthy thing to do, but an issue of inequality for many families,” she says.

About this article

Read time

Share

Latest news

Supply Chain jobs
Supply chain jobs come in all shapes and sizes. We recruit for roles within the Supply Chain function from junior management roles to board level positions. Are you an experienced supply chain specialist looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the food industry? The food industry is a sector with many exciting opportunities for...
sales and marketing jobs light bulbs
The food industry is a fast-paced, constantly evolving sector, which means that working in sales and marketing jobs in this field are incredibly rewarding. The challenging environment allows you to thrive and learn something new every day and the knowledge gained in this sector can be invaluable for your future career. If you’re looking for...
Food inflation below 10% - lady shopping
It’s an exciting time for food industry professionals in the UK The latest news from the British food sector is that there has been an increase in the number of food manufacturing jobs available in the last year. 2023 has been an especially big year for growth and innovation that will shape the future of...
Food finance jobs
Looking at food finance jobs are an excellent choice of career for anyone looking for a job that holds potential to grow and evolve. From major manufacturers to small-scale food producers, there’s a lot of exciting opportunities to explore. The food industry is booming, with sales in the UK reaching record highs in recent years....
chocolate
Hotel Chocolat founders have agreed a takeover with Mars. Mars will take over the business and have agreed to keep production in the UK. The founders are set to make £280m after an agreed take over of £534m. After the deal was announce shares increased by 160%. Mars currently employs over 140,000 people around the...
Engineering jobs - workers working in a factory
Engineering jobs in the FMCG world are certainly a great option for those that like to fix broken things or think strategically on how they can improve on a process within a manufacturing environment. As an Engineer, within either the FMCG or food industry, you have a unique opportunity to make an impact on the...
Chef jobs are exciting Chef placing food on a plate
Chef jobs in food manufacturing are exciting opportunities! Are you currently looking for Chef Jobs and what opportunities are out there? Joining the food manufacturing industry could be the opportunity you have been waiting for! There is a vast array of Chef jobs you could be interested in. A great industry to move into the...
Food inflation below 10% - lady shopping
Food inflation has finally dropped under the 10% mark for the first time in over a year! This is good news for all Food Businesses and Consumers. This significant dip is a major milestone in the journey towards sustainable economic growth and food security for the UK. Every retailer included in the Kantar report saw...
interviewing for NPD and development jobs
Are you currently interviewing for NPD jobs or Food Development Jobs? Are you on the lookout for a job that challenges, excites and motivates you? There are so many reasons to consider being part of an NPD team. But the main recurring theme with anyone we speak to is that it isn’t just a job;...

Get in touch