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Sodium reduction

Sodium reduction

Americans consume far more sodium than experts recommend - and with an estimated 75% of the average consumer's intake coming from packaged foods, industry has come under pressure to reformulate. Apart from compensating for the functional attributes of salt, the major challenge for manufacturers is to reduce sodium without reducing consumer flavor acceptance.

Leading candy companies make historic commitment to reduce pack-sizes, increase label transparency

Leading chocolate and confectionery companies are taking an offensive position in the ongoing war on sugar by together committing to reduce calories in single serve products and increase transparency with...

NACS, Cumberland Farms commit to expanding access to healthy options

Corner stores, bodegas and gas stations have a bad reputation when it comes to the healthfulness of the foods and beverages they offer, but the National Association of Convenience Stores...

PepsiCo pledges less sugar, sodium in global product portfolio by 2025

Through a collaboration with non-profit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), PepsiCo has unveiled plans to “transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options” by 2025.

Former First Lady Obama criticizes efforts to delay Nutrition Facts changes as insulting to consumers

Requests to delay the implementation of the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which includes a line to indicate added sugar and makes calories more visible, and a last-minute delay of menu...

Is single-serve packaging also a health-halo?

Serving sizes of packaged food can affect a consumer’s health perception and intended consumption, according to a new study in the Journal of Business Research.

BOU brings better-for-you bouillon cube for today’s health-conscious shopper

Bouillon cubes, notorious for using monosodium glutamate (MSG) and containing high amounts of sodium, isn’t typically on the shopping lists of today’s health-conscious shopper. Entrepreneur Robert Jakobi wants to change...

Taste Test Friday: The Little Kernel has consumers wanting more

The founders of The Little Kernel argue that smaller is better when it comes to ready-to-eat popcorn because they say it is sweeter, crunchier and easier to eat than regular...

School nutrition standards under fire again, threshold for free, reduced meals increased

Congressional pressure on federal agencies to back down from nutrition policies created under the Obama Administration continues to mount with the standards for school meals now in the cross-hairs. 

Snackworthy wants to make better-for-you snacks affordable and approachable

Snack brand Snackworthy is the result of a comprehensive survey of 300 Millennial-aged consumers. “That data validated that we were on the right track, it resonates with the Millennial consumer,”...

Reducing sodium intake could save more lives, money than treating related disease, study finds

Ambitious sodium reduction targets for the next two and 10 years laid out by FDA in draft voluntary guidance released last summer not only could save lives, but they could...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine will rise in 2017 along with complex nutrition claims

Despite a rising nationalism in the US born out of the contentious presidential election cycle, Americans remain open to global cuisine and as such, in 2017, international flavors and cultures...

Campbell Soup backs 'potassium salt' petition: A more consumer-friendly name will ‘advance public health goals’

Campbell Soup has joined a growing number of food manufacturers backing a citizen’s petition from NuTek Food Science asking the FDA to allow ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate name for...

Companies, retailers must do more to make the healthy choice the easy choice, CSPI says

Consumer interest in healthy eating is at an all-time high, and in many ways food and beverage manufacturers are rising to meet this demand by cutting calories from across their...

FDA should ‘expedite evaluation’ of NuTek potassium salt petition, says GMA

GMA to FDA: Sodium reduction guidance must be re-worded or industry will face a tidal wave of 'frivolous litigation'

Two years isn’t enough time for food manufacturers to make the kind of reductions in sodium that the FDA is asking for, says the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which also...

Cargill R&D chief: 'When I started, food science was cool, now it’s viewed with suspicion'

Ironically, perhaps, just as open innovation is fostering a more open and collaborative culture in the notoriously secretive world of food R&D, consumers are becoming increasingly suspicious of scientists ‘meddling’...

Vinegar sales in US climb on health benefits, bold flavor & versatility

Sales of vinegar, a long-time and often-overlooked pantry staple, are skyrocketing as consumers increasingly embrace it as a clean, functional ingredient that offers health benefits, sought-after flavor variety and versatility,...

New name would 'improve consumer understanding and promote clear food labeling' says Unilever

Unilever, CSPI support NuTek potassium salt petition, but the Salt Institute urges FDA to reject it ‘in the strongest terms’

Unilever and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) have both voiced their support for a citizen’s petition asking the FDA to permit ‘potassium salt’ as an alternate...

IFT 2016 in review

Dairy Permeate cuts manufacturing costs and sodium while boosting nutrition, USDEC says

Most Americans consume more than 1.5 times the daily recommended cap for sodium – a staggering figure that prompted FDA to draft voluntary guidance earlier this summer for the food...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: How can manufacturers meet sodium, sugar & calorie reduction demands?

Finding solutions to reduce sodium, sugar and calories in finished products is essential as regulators and consumers demand healthier products – but the increasing desire for “clean labels” adds a...

Bitsy’s Brainfood: ‘Retailers are less reluctant to feature brands that may not yet be household names’

“Consumers are absolutely far more focused on ingredients and on organic products, and conventional retailers are responding to that,” said Bitsy’s Brainfood co-founder Alex Voris.

Healthy Choice Café Steamers range taps into consumer demand for organic entrees

ConAgra Foods is launching four new organic frozen meals under the Healthy Choice brand as new data from Nielsen reveals that organic entrees are the bright spot in an otherwise...

Nestlé renews successful salt reduction collaboration with Chromocell

Nestlé has renewed its collaboration with US-based life sciences firm Chromocell to cut salt levels in its global portfolio, after investing nearly €12 million in 2012.

Should firms be allowed to label potassium chloride as 'potassium salt'? NuTek petitions the FDA

Allowing companies to label potassium chloride as ‘potassium salt’ on food labels would ‘demystify’ the ingredient for consumers and help the industry achieve the dual goals of lowering sodium and...

“Stealth health” could be strategy of the past as consumers embrace healthy reformulations

New research from market intelligence company CivicScience suggests changing consumer attitudes about healthy eating could mean manufacturers can shed their years-old “stealth health” approach to product reformulation without fear that...

Stakeholders laud FDA’s potentially life-saving draft voluntary sodium reduction guidance

In an effort to prevent upwards of 500,000 premature deaths from heart attacks and strokes in the next 10 years, FDA has set ambitious sodium reduction targets for food manufacturers...

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