UKHospitality has welcomed efforts by the sector to help reduce sugar consumption but cautioned that work to promote healthier eating habits will take time to bear fruit.
Public Health England (PHE) has today published the first assessment of progress on the government’s sugar reduction programme, measuring how far the food industry has gone towards reducing the sugar children consume through everyday foods.
Commenting on the report, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Hospitality businesses, including UKHospitality members, are already working proactively to reformulate menus, provide greater choice and promote healthier attitudes to eating. The sector is committed to promoting healthy habits and working alongside Public Health England to provide support and data to inform its work.
“Good progress is being made by the sector in most areas, although the report does highlight data limitations so early in the study. The data for out-of-home will be better developed in time for the 2019 report, which will be able to give a better indication of progress regarding hospitality’s efforts to reduce sugar.
“Transformation of eating habits will take time and we will have a clearer view of the progress next year. Meanwhile, hospitality businesses are hard at work providing more choice and transparency for their customers.”
The PHE report can be accessed here.