UK: Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks

UK: Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks


rsz_4-uk_tesco-productsAs part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content across all its own brands to help Britain’s shoppers make healthier choices, Tesco has announced further reductions to sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks. The drinks are available in Tesco stores from 11 November.

The move supports the increasingly recognised recommendation that sugars should make up no more than 5% of people’s daily diet and halves the sugar content in some products including Tesco Cola.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said: “This is just one part of our plans to make the food on our shelves healthier by reducing levels of sugar, salt and fat in our own brands. “We have worked to make sure our soft drinks still taste great, just with less sugar. Tesco customers are now consuming on average over 20% less sugar from our soft drinks than in 2011. We’re hoping this initiative will help make it a little easier for our customers to live more healthily.”

Tesco started reducing sugar in its soft drinks in 2011, and now the final 50 products in the 251-strong range have been reformulated to below 5 grams per 100ml. In addition to its work on soft drinks, Tesco has also cut the salt, fat and sugar in over 4,200 of its own products since 2012 and has plans for reductions in a further 1,000 products each year for the next three years. For example, over 300 tonnes of saturated fat and 15 tonnes of salt have been removed from Tesco own brand butter and spreads. Over 65 tonnes of fat, 600 tonnes of sugar and 27 tonnes of salt have been removed from the Tesco own brand cooking sauces range.

Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.

Did you know?

In 2014 Tesco announced it would become the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.

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