Assault on Salt
First there was sugar, now there’s salt.
Catering sector press have been running headlines claiming governmental salt reduction plans have been ‘hampered’ by the foodservice sector and Professor Susan Jebb, chair of the Responsibility Deal food network has been quoted as saying “There has been a very poor sign-up from the OOH sector…”
So, what do major foodservice brands have to say about it all?
Rachel Bradford, nutrition manager at Nestlé was clear about how seriously they take their responsibilities, telling Take Stock, “Our customers love the taste and enjoyment that our products bring. But we recognise that we also have a responsibility to do all we can to combine great taste while committing to improving the nutritional profile of our products.
In 2012, we signed up to the governments calorie reduction pledge which supports our commitment to enable our customers to eat and drink fewer calories. To this day we continue to carry out our programme of calorie reduction work throughout our portfolio. In addition, between 2003 and 2010 Nestlé, globally, reduced over 12,200 tonnes of salt from our food and cereal products. In April 2013, 80% of UK products met the government’s 2012 salt reduction targets and where technically possible, reformulation plans are in place for the few products which currently do not meet the 2012 targets.”
And it’s not just global brands. We asked Tim Fielding of Hügli UK what they were doing – especially important as they supply foodservice wholesalers across the country. Tim was clear – “We’re passionate about standards and quality. Our Helva Classic Soup Range has been specifically designed for the UK market, offering traditional flavours that are both MSG Free and meet FSA Salt Guidelines. We continually monitor standards and work with our development teams to produce products that give customers the taste they want, in as healthy a way as possible. We never stand still.”
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