Scottish biscuit and snack producers receive funding to make their recipes healthier

By Gill Hyslop

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Biscuit manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean’s of Huntly are among producers to receive funding to reformulate their recipes. Pic: GettyImages/Diana Millerl8 Challenge Fund.
Biscuit manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean’s of Huntly are among producers to receive funding to reformulate their recipes. Pic: GettyImages/Diana Millerl8 Challenge Fund.

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Free from snack producer Fodilicious, broccoli crisps maker Growers Garden, and biscuit manufacturers Aldomak, Border Biscuits and Dean’s of Huntly are among the 13 Scottish businesses to be awarded funding from FDF Scotland’s Reformul8 Challenge Fund.

This is the third round of support, with 45 food business across Scotland already benefiting from FDF Scotland’s Reformulation for Health Programme​ since launching in 2019 – resulting in hundreds of millions of calories and tonnes of salt being removed from the Scottish diet.

Aligned to the growing health and wellness trend, Scottish SMMEs (small to medium sized concerns) have a real desire to offer a wider range of better-for-you products​ – but the associated costs can often be prohibitive. Enter the Reformul8 Challenge Fund.

Improving the Scottish diet

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There is a lot to celebrate: FDF Scotland's Reformulation for Health Programme has already removed hundreds of millions of calories from the Scottish diet. Pic: GettyImages

This round was made possible due to £50,000 provided by the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership Recovery Plan, which is supported by the Scottish Government.

Others to benefit include Bells Food Group, Hunters of Kinross, Macsween of Edinburgh, Malcolm Allan, Simon Howie, Cardowan Creameries, R&W Scott, and farm shop the Smiddy.

The support funds a variety of projects, from salt, fat and sugar reduction to fibre enrichment. It also will be used to fund nutritional testing and technical support, working with ingredient suppliers to access and trial new solutions, and towards 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,”​ 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.”

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