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This year, we are delighted to run The Sugar Reduction Summit in partnership with the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) and European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA UK).

Parallel sessions will take place throughout the day and delegates are free to move between all sessions.  The ICCR/EHLA UKProgramme can be found here – you will be asked to indicate on the Registration Form which sessions you intend to attend.

ICCR/EHLA UK Programme


 Sugar Reduction Summit Programme


Policy and Public Health

08:55 - 09:00

Welcome from the Chair

09:00 - 09:15

Report card for the UK: Results of the Sugar Sweetened Beverages Barometer

09:15 - 09:30

An update on sugars and the relevance of the SACN report in light of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

09:30 - 09:45

How has consumer purchasing of sugar containing products changed in the last 12 months and how are consumer attitudes starting to reflect more in their purchasing decisions?

To what extent are these changes moving consumers toward the new sugar targets – how big is the gap and what would it look like to close that gap?

  • Cathy Capelin Strategic Insight Director Nutrition - Kantar Worldpanel
09:45 - 10:00

How much do we need to cut sugar consumption? What policies are available for change?

10:00 - 10:15

What does a 5% sugar intake look like and is it achievable or totally unrealistic?

  • Tanya Haffner Dietitian and Director of Public Health and Nutrition Affairs - Nutrilicious
10:10 - 10:40

Panel Debate: What’s the impact of sugar on obesity and particularly childhood obesity?

  • What impact will the Childhood Obesity Plan have on sugar reduction?
  • Does the Childhood Obesity Plan focus too much on sugar instead of calories
  • What impact is the intended sugar levy on SSBs having on sugar consumption already?
  • How useful is the continued focus on sugar – is it counter-productive or helpful?
  • Should we – and how do we – get back to calories? Is the media storm on Low Fat v Low Carbs confusing consumers and knocking calories off the radar entirely?
  • The rise in awareness of the harms of sugar has resulted in a surge of “healthy” sugars which are in fact no better than sugar – how do we get the message out effectively?
  • In a world of instant gratification and daily rewards, is clearer guidance needed for parents on what constitutes an “occasional treat”

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Break

Parallel Session – Sweeteners and Weight Management

11:00 - 11:15

Are low calorie sweeteners helpful or unhelpful in weight management: A systematic review of the evidence

11:15 - 11:30

Consumer attitudes and beliefs with regard to the palatability and efficacy of sweeteners for appetite control and weight management

Charlotte will share her laboratory’s new research on consumer attitudes and the extent to which appetite for sweeteners is influenced by consumers perception of sweeteners

11:30 - 11:45

Industry perspective: the regulatory environment and the challenges of reducing sugar and using sweeteners

11:45 - 12:00

Sweeteners and the Public Health perspective

12:00 - 12:30

Panel Debate: Do sweeteners offer an opportunity in harm reduction and if so, could they be more widely endorsed as such?

  • Should LCS be able to use a health claim on packaging, regarding weight management?
  • How will the sugar tax impact on sweetener sales and useage?
  • Despite extensive evidence of their safety, sweeteners still have an image problem – how can this be addressed?  How do we change attitudes and increase acceptance – what would need to change?
  • What are the barriers, aside from technical issues, to extending the use of sweeteners?
  • Is legislation currently too restrictive to catalyse wider use, should it be reviewed?  Should sweeteners be permitted in baked goods, for example?
  • What of the economics of sweetness – the price of sugar is coming down, the price of sweeteners is also reducing, what impact will this have on ingredients, how will manufacturers balance sweetness and calories
  • What’s the perspective of European and other "healthy choice" logos such as choices and the keyhole scheme - do they refer to / allow sweeteners?

12:30 - 13:10



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Sugar Tax

13:10 - 13:25

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the UK Government’s proposed sugar tax and how impactful can we expect it to be?

Whether consumers’ reactions will lead to healthier diets depends on how taxes are designed and what selection of products they target. Franco Sassi will provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed tax and review the OECD’s evidence base to provide an assessment of the likely impact

13:35 - 13:45

Using taxation to reduce sugar consumption – should Government be looking at a sugar tax rather than a sugary drinks tax?

13:55 - 14:10

Is the proposed sugar tax compatible with international and EU trade rules? And what impact will Brexit have on this levy and the potential for further levies?

Following the announcement of the introduction of a sugar tax, several questions have arisen as to the compatibility of the tax with international trade rules, and European Union single market rules more specifically. Amandine Garde will address these concerns.

14:10 - 14:25

An industry perspective of the impact of the levy on reformulation and sales

  • Gareth Barrett Policy and Public Affairs Manager - British Soft Drinks Association
14:25 - 15:00

Panel debate: Is it right to tax a category rather than an ingredient? And What will be next?

  • Will the sugar tax be effective – will it have any impact on energy intake?
  • What impact will the CAP sugar quota changes have on the price of sugar, and consequently on the efficacy of the levy?
  • Will the tax result in a price differential at the point of sale – and if not, what’s the point, how can it discourage purchasing of higher sugar products?
  • Will a tax affect total calorie consumption or will consumers compensate?
  • The tax is catalysing reformulation – but is there any real net health gain from consumers drinking full sugar versions which have slightly less sugar rather than persuading them to instead switch to the no sugar versions?
  • Will the tax succeed potential legal challenges – will additional categories be added to remove accusations of anti-competitiveness?  What level of impact can we expect the sugar tax to have?
  • Will the additional cost be passed to consumers or lost in price promotions?
  • Given the immediate impact on reformulation,  will this initiative role out to the wider food industry as an incentive to reach specific sugar limits across categories?
  • Will consumers just switch to other high-sugar substitutes?
  • Is the funding of school sports from revenue generated problematic – will industry use this as a marketing tool, creating associations which may be seen as counter-intuitive?

15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon Break

Industry and Regulation

15:20 - 15:40

Getting a voluntary approach right; how a factory to fork evaluation programme oversaw the removal of trillions of calories in the food chain

15:40 - 16:00

How do we structure a successful voluntary reformulation programme?

Prof Jebb will draw on her unique experience of The Responsibility Deal to explore the challenges and opportunities for voluntary agreements to improve the food environment

16:00 - 16:15

Industry perspective: Driving a voluntary reformulation globally and the challenges and opportunities of participating in local voluntary reformulation programmes

  • Els de Groene Nutrition and Health Director, Refreshment - Unilever
16:15 - 16:35

Sugar and labelling – a look at the regulatory framework and whether future change is on the agenda

Jamie Oliver has pushed for teaspoons of sugar to be shown on packaging.  The US has changed their labelling to show total sugars and added sugars – will, or can, the UK follow suit?  Will reference intakes change?  Could the Italian objections to traffic light labelling impact on UK labels?  What is the latest progress on rules to limit sugar content in baby foods? Jean Savigny will provide an update on the legislative framework of labelling in the EU and the changes to EU Nutrient Profiles and the opportunities and challenges this presents

16:35 - 16:45

Incremental reformulation: the most effective way to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes – voluntary or mandated

16:45 - 17:15

The Childhood Obesity Plan sets out a 20% reduction in sugar over 5 years – how achievable is this on a voluntary basis?

  • Is sugar reduction possible under voluntary initiatives - and should the priority be calories or sugar?
  • The spotlight has been on sugary drinks, but what about confectionery, cakes and biscuits?
  • Is there any growth in the lower sugar market as consumers look to reduce sugar consumption?
  • The British Retail Consortium has said legislation is vital to creating a level playing field on promotions – how would that work and is there any appetite for legislation from manufacturers too?
  • Does Industry and Retail have a bigger role to play in increasing acceptability of sweeteners?
  • Might tax incentives, as seen in the soft drinks category, be a useful leveller for other categories?
  • Alternative names for sugar on labels, and low-sugar health claims is confusing consumers – is further legislation needed?
  • What will new EU legislation mean for signposting and health claims on labels?
  • Would it help consumers to show added and total sugars separately, as has just been achieved in the US?
  • Would spoonfuls of sugar on labels help consumers or hinder wider nutritional content messaging?
  • Should high sugar drinks contain a health warning?