Calorie reduction targets lead drive towards healthier food

Neil Brown

Health officials in the UK have called on food sellers and manufacturers to cut calories in products by 20% by 2024, with businesses that fail to make the grade to be named and shamed. According to Public Health England, if this target is met within five years, it could prevent more than 35,000 premature deaths and around £9 billion in healthcare and social care costs could be saved over a 25-year period. Government figures show the annual outlay on obesity and diabetes treatment is greater than that spent on the police, fire service and judicial system combined.

Delivering healthier foods is a key theme across the Liontrust Sustainable Future funds and ongoing pressure to reduce obesity looks set to create structural growth drivers for stocks including Kerry Group, Wessanen, Naturex and Treatt, all of which are helping towards, and profiting from, a shift to healthier and more natural food.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4:10 PM