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Sugar reduction: progress report, 2015 to 2019

Progress report on the sugar reduction programme between 2015 and 2019, principally for the food industry and public health bodies.


Sugar reduction: progress report, 2015 to 2019

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This report includes a detailed assessment of progress by the food industry, between 2015 and 2019, towards meeting the 20% reduction ambition by 2020 for the sugar reduction programme.

It also includes the first assessment of industry progress towards the sugar reduction ambition for juice and milk-based drinks, of 5% and 20% respectively by 2021, with an interim target for milk-based drinks of 10% by 2019.

It assesses progress made by retailers and manufacturers and in the eating out of home sector:

  • in reducing sugar and calories in food product categories and juice and milk-based drinks categories included in the programme
  • for drinks covered by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) including an assessment by socio-economic status
  • by individual businesses, and in top-selling products in each category
Published 7 October 2020
Last updated 11 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated data errors and accessibility of tables.

  2. Added timeline clarification on pages 4 and 15.

  3. First published.