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Slimming food products

Our products are nutritionally-balanced in order to help achieve weight loss successfully through a low-calorie diet.

Helping overweight and obese consumers to better manage their diets

  • Obesity is commonly regarded as one of the most serious public health concerns of the 21st century, representing a major preventable cause of chronic illness and death.
  • It has been identified as a risk factor for a number of serious diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and even depression, leading to a reduced life expectancy and quality of life.
  • In Europe, over 50% of consumers are overweight and 20% are obese; demonstrating a worsening trend of inappropriate diets and low physical activity levels across the region.
  • The risks of overweight and obesity begin early in life, and 60% of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight in early adulthood.
  • Dieting is a recognised pillar of treatment for obesity- but it is essential that consumers have access to the right information and products in order to effectively manage their nutritional needs.
  • Indeed, so-called ‚fad diets‘ have been found to be dangerous and risky for uninformed consumers, as they often do not provide a nutritionally balanced diet.

SNE Questions & Answers on Slimming foods

What we do

  • Foods specifically intended for weight control help people to take back control of their weight, often with the help of a healthcare professional.
  • The protein profile of these products is designed to ensure adequate intakes, both in terms of quantity and quality, as well as in terms of their micronutrients profile.
  • This carefully formulated nutritional balance ensures that consumers intending to control calorie intake still receive the vital nutrients they require in order to maintain a healthy nutritional balance.
  • Foods intended for weight control are easy to use - making it easier to follow the diet and to maximise the chance of success. They also give people confidence in their own progress - with the ultimate goal of returning to a balanced diet, a better lifestyle, and a healthy weight.
  • Indeed, in 2010 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) acknowledged that meal replacements help consumers to lose weight and help to maintain body weight after weight loss.2

A closer look at our products

  • This category includes four types of products: low calorie diet products (LCD), very low calorie diet products (VLCD), meal replacements for weight control, and partial meal replacements.
  • For further information and clarity about the recent EU regulatory changes for Meal Replacements for Weight Control, please consult the SNE Guidance on Meal Replacements for Weight Control.


1. French ANSES, Spanish FESNAD/SEEDO

2. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to meal replacements for weight control (as defined in Directive 96/8/EC on energy restricted diets for weight loss) and reduction in body weight (ID1417), and maintenance of body weight after weight loss (ID1418) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. NDA Panel, EFSA Journal 2010; 8(2):1466 



About 5% of turnover is invested in research:

the food industry average is 0,53%

The annual turnover of the specialised nutrition industry across the European Union (including exports) is around €24bn


The specialised nutrition industry is a world leader:

each year, exports total around €8bn