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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, and partial meal replacements (also known as snacks or en-cas products).


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