Nestlé UK & Ireland to remove 10% sugar


Nestlé UK and Ireland is stepping up to the sugar challenge by stripping out 10% of sugar from its confectionery portfolio by 2018.

The move will see around 7,500 tonnes of sugar removed across a number of brands through a range of methods and initiatives. The changes will largely be achieved by replacing sugar with higher quantities of existing ingredients or other, non artificial ingredients and ensuring products are below a certain amount of calories. Nestlé’s continuing investment in research and development will also deliver new technology and innovation to further improve products in the future.

Fiona Kendrick, chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK and Ireland, says, “Our confectionery brands have been enjoyed in the UK for more than a century and we know that if we can improve these products nutritionally, provide more choice and information for the consumer, together with other categories, we can have a significant impact on public health.

“Nestlé is at the forefront of efforts to research and develop new technology that makes food products better for our consumers. These innovations will help us to reduce sugar in confectionery when they are combined with other, more common methods like reformulating recipes and swapping sugar for other, non artificial ingredients.

“Making these improvements to our products is key to us delivering better choices for our consumers while retaining the same great taste that they know and love.”

Please see a statement from our chief executive in response to Nestle’s announcement that it is taking out 10% of the sugar from its confectionary portfolio by 2018.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, comments, “Nestlé is the latest household name to commit to making everyday products healthier and we’re delighted this is just the start of its efforts.

“This sends a clear message that reducing sugar in food is possible, even in products that are typically harder to reformulate.”

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