More than 180,000 consumer products were reformulated globally in 2016, with sugar and sodium the most targeted ingredients for removal among food and drinks companies, according to new research.

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) global survey also revealed that whole grains and vitamins were the most common nutrients to be added to food products.

The CGF is a global industry network that is driven by its members to encourage best practice. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries.

Its CGF Health & Wellness Progress Report found that 75% of its responding members had reformulated products last year, while 44% confirmed they had been consulted by national and/or regional governments on improving health and wellness.

Sharon Bligh, director of health & wellness at The Consumer Goods Forum, said: “There is a lot to be proud of with regards to the achievements of our members and their commitment to collaboration for healthier lives.

“It’s clear that larger companies are demonstrating excellent global leadership, but many other companies have only just joined us on our collective journey.”