Nestlé Reducing Sodium and Removing Artificial Flavors

Oct 14, 2016 8:00 AM ET

Since 2013, we have accelerated salt reduction across our foods and beverages to help consumers reach recommended target levels established by WHO and other authorities. Our global Policy on Sodium targets further reductions by an average of at least 10% from 2012 levels over a four-year period (2013–2016) in foods and beverages that do not meet NF criteria for sodium. By the end of 2015, we achieved an overall sodium reduction of 7.4% toward our objective of a 10% reduction. In 2014, 100% of GERBER® products for infants, toddlers and preschoolers met NF criteria for sodium.

We know that people want to feel good about the foods they eat, and they’re seeking foods made with fewer ingredients and less sodium. In 2015, we improved more than 250 products across six brands in the United States, including DIGIORNO®, TOMBSTONE®, CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN®, JACKS®, HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS®. By the end of 2015 we had: • Removed artificial flavors from every product within these brands • Reduced sodium by an average of 10% across the entire portfolio compared with 2013 levels • Incorporated packaging guidance to help educate consumers about appropriate portion sizes and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables to create a balanced plate These changes build on our ongoing efforts to improve nutritional and ingredient profiles while maintaining the great taste consumers expect. 

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