As an alternative to the HSR System, the confectionery industry may choose to use the food industry’s voluntary Daily Intake Guide.
Be treatwise® helps to explain the place that confectionery has, as a treat food, which can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle.
The Be treatwise® logo on the front of confectionery packs encourages people to ‘Enjoy a balanced diet’ and to be mindful of the energy content in the product they consume.
Be treatwise® complements the mandatory nutrition information panel (NIP) on the back of confectionery packages. NIPs on all types of food packaging are comprehensive and give information on serving size as well as additional nutrition information, and in some cases, optional percentage daily intakes (%DIs).
Independent research indicates that Be treatwise® has become an effective way of reminding consumers of confectionery’s role as a treat food. In partnership with the rest of the food industry, the confectionery industry is committed to ensuring that consumers have as much information as possible to assist them in their purchase decisions.
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As an Ai Group member and licensee of Be treatwise® (and user of the Health Star Rating (HSR) System) additional support materials are available here.
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In addition, the confectionery industry offers a wide variety of choice for all tastes and confectionery occasions – including chocolate, sugar and gum confectionery – in varying sizes and suitable for individual consumption, sharing or gifting.
The industry also continues to invest in scientific research, innovation and product development to bring to market new and reformulated products with a range of or improved nutritional profiles, portion guidance and portion control – including products with oral health benefits, ie sugarfree gum, no added trans fats, reduced saturated fat, sugar and energy content, single portion packs, one portion one serve, resealable packs and products with reduced portion sizes.
In conjunction with the industry’s commitment to clear consumer nutrition information, as a non-regulatory intervention, the industry removed front of pack ‘fat free’ claims on sugar confectionery (where fat was not typically part of the formulation) to provide better consumer guidance.
Many of the larger confectionery companies also support physical activity initiatives involving education in the community by funding programs that assist families, educators and health professionals. At the heart of these initiatives is encouraging people to exercise more and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Confectionery, as a treat, will always be a category of food consumers enjoy and our aim is to help consumers enjoy sweet treats responsibly with the right portion in mind.
Be treatwise® is a registered trademark in Australia owned by the Confectionery Trust, a special purpose trust established in 2012 by The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) to maintain the trademark and the website on behalf of the Australian confectionery industry and consumers.
Ai Group is a peak industry association in Australia which, along with its affiliates, represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; as well as confectionery and other industries.
Ai Group is a membership organisation whose members operate small, medium and large businesses. It plays a major role in helping Australian industry focus on building competitive and sustainable industries through global integration, skills development, productive and flexible workplace relations, infrastructure development and innovation.
We invite you to consider the benefits of Ai Group membership
If you are interested in further information about the confectionery industry or participating in consultative processes for regulations or governance of the industry, contact the administrator of the marks, who can also ensure that you are provided with further details about becoming an Ai Group member.
For further information on membership contact the Ai Group Confectionery Sector Member Relations Executive. See details on our Contacts page.