Changes in the UK baby food market surveyed in 2013 and 2019: the rise of baby snacks and sweet/savoury foods

Garcia, A.L. , Curtin, L., Ronquillo, D., Parrett, A. and Wright, C.M. (2020) Changes in the UK baby food market surveyed in 2013 and 2019: the rise of baby snacks and sweet/savoury foods. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 105(12), pp. 1162-1166. (doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-318845) (PMID:32675379)

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Objective: To assess how the baby food market in the UK has changed between 2013 and 2019. Setting: United Kingdom. Design: A cross-sectional survey of all infant food products available to buy in the UK online and in-store collected in 2019. Nutritional content and product descriptions were recorded and compared with an existing 2013 database. Main outcome measures: Change in the proportion of products marketed to infants aged 4 months, proportion classified as sweet versus savoury, spoonable versus dry (snacks) average sugar content. Results: Fewer products were described as suitable for infants aged 4 months in 2019 (201, 23%) compared with 2013 (178, 43%; p<0.001), while the proportion for children in the 6–7-month age range increased (2013: 135, 33%; 2019: 369, 43%; p=0.001). The proportion of sweet and savoury products was unchanged; sweet spoonable products showed a small but significant decrease in sugar content (6%) between 2013 and 2019, but savoury spoonable products showed a 16% increase. Sweet snacks remained very sweet (~20 g/100 g median sugar at both time points). In the 2019 dataset, concentrated juice was added to 29% (n=253) of products and 18% (n=80) ‘savoury’ products comprised more than 50% sweet vegetables or fruit. The number and proportion of snacks increased markedly in 2019 (185, 21%) compared with 2013 (42, 10%; p=0.001) while the proportion of wet spoonable foods decreased (2013: 326, 79%; 2019: 611, 71%; p=0.001). Conclusions: Fewer foods are now marketed to infants aged 4 months, but there has been no overall reduction in the sweetness of products and the increase in snack foods and the sweetness of savoury foods is a concern.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:RONQUILLO, Mr DAVID and Garcia, Dr Ada and Wright, Professor Charlotte and Parrett, Dr Alison and Curtin, Ms Louise
Authors: Garcia, A.L., Curtin, L., Ronquillo, D., Parrett, A., and Wright, C.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Archives of Disease in Childhood
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN (Online):1468-2044
Published Online:16 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Archives of Disease in Childhood 105(12): 1162-1166
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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