Food and nutrition

Providing safe food and enabling customers to make healthier choices have both been central to our approach for a long time.

Relevant businesses take nutritional factors into account across their product portfolio. Many of our food products already support healthier choices – from high-fibre breakfast cereals, wholemeal bread and crispbreads to specialist sports nutrition products. Product reformulation can also help to gradually shift consumer tastes towards foods that support better long-term nutrition, and our food businesses actively review their portfolios with this in mind.

As part of ABF Sugar’s commitment to thriving and healthy communities, the business has its Making Sense of Sugar website which provides factual information based on robust science to help inform and educate people about sugar and the role it can play as part of a healthy balanced diet.

As part of UK Grocery’s commitment to responsibly produce and market safe, nutritious and affordable food, our UK Grocery businesses provide details of the revenue generated by their UK branded portfolio in terms of the 2004/5 Nutrient Profiling Model and the Food (Promotion and Placement) (England) Regulations 2021. The Nutrient Profiling Model uses a formula to assess the nutritional content of foods, designating them as either HFSS (high in fat, salt, or sugar), or non-HFSS.

Overall, more than 94% of the revenue generated from our UK Grocery’s branded portfolio in 2022/23 was derived from products that are designated as being non-HFSS, or that are classified as HFSS but are not subject to restrictions under the Food (Promotion and Placement) (England) Regulations 2021. For context, foods designated HFSS within our UK Grocery’s branded portfolio that are not within the scope of public health-related sales restrictions include bagged sugars and cooking oils, as well as some cooking sauces and condiments.

Examples of products becoming healthier include Jordans Dorset Ryvita launching several new non-HFSS recipes and AB World Foods reducing sugar, fat and salt from Patak’s sauces.

AB Mauri has successfully developed solutions for its sweet bakery portfolio that enables up to 100% sugar reduction while preserving the delightful taste experience. AB Mauri is also improving the nutritional profile of its sweet bakery goods by increasing the amount of fibre. 

A number of ABF brands, including Ryvita and Kingsmill, are among 24 signatories to the UK Food and Drink Federation’s Action on Fibre pledge, to increase fibre consumption in the UK. Our UK Grocery division is also a long-term sustaining member of the British Nutrition Foundation.

For more information please see our Responsibility Report 2023.

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