Greek food industry initiatives on product reformulation

SEVT

Greek national Action Plan on product reformulation

During the past years, the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT), representing the Greek food industry, has undertaken several initiatives on product reformulation. SEVT is promoting a holistic approach to maintaining good health, and adopting a balanced and healthy diet, through the moderate consumption of all food products, combined with physical activity, and raising awareness of healthier lifestyles.

SEVT participated in a Working Group of the National Nutritional Policy Committee of the Greek Ministry of Health, bringing together public authorities, the academic community, and the private sector. The main objective was to develop a National Action Plan on product reformulation, considering scientific evidence, local nutritional habits, traditional products, consumers’ preferences, technological progress, and food safety. The Action Plan was signed in June 2018.

Furthermore, SEVT conducted research amongst its company members to monitor the progress made by the Greek food industry on product reformulation during the past years. While the research is still on-going, the first results show that companies are acting positively and proactively to:

– reduce salt, sugar, and saturated fat;
– reduce and control portion sizes;
– develop new products with improved nutritional profiles.

SEVT is constantly monitoring global nutritional trends and needs, taking action for the benefit of consumers and the food sector.