Nestlé to remove “400 tonnes of sugar” by 2018
Nestlé Ireland has announced plans to step up to what it calls "the sugar challenge" by stripping 10% of sugar content from its confectionery portfolio by 2018
10 March 2017
Nestlé Ireland is stepping up to what it calls “the sugar challenge” by stripping out 10% of sugar from its confectionery portfolio by 2018. Over the next 12 months, the company aims to remove a total of 400 tonnes of sugar from a number of Ireland’s well-known brands through a variety of methods.
According to a statement, 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 says its continuing investment in research and development will allow new technology and innovation to further improve products in the future.
According to Fiona Kendrick, chairperson and CEO of Nestlé UK & Ireland, the company is dedicated to having signiicant impact on public health. “Our confectionery brands have been enjoyed in the UK for more than a century,” Kendrick says, “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.
“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,” she added.