Nestlé to reduce sugar in breakfast cereals by 10%

Nestlé to reduce sugar in breakfast cereals by 10%
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Nestlé Breakfast Cereals has pledged to reduce a further 10% in the average sugar content across its cereal range by the end of 2018.

This move will see around 225 million fewer teaspoons of sugar in the nation’s diet as part of an ongoing programme to reduce average sugar across the product portfolio.

These changes will be achieved through a combination of reformulation and by growing the share of lower sugar variants.

Since 2010, Nestlé Breakfast Cereals in the UK has already reduced its average sugar content by 15% across the portfolio.

Nestlé Breakfast Cereals’ new commitment to improve the nutrition profile of its cereals builds on more than a decade of reformulations in reducing sugar and salt while increasing levels of whole grain.

Nestlé Breakfast Cereals sold in the UK in 2016 contained an additional 3,600 tonnes of whole grain compared with 2003 levels.

Gharry Eccles, UK Regional Vice President of Cereal Partners Worldwide – who make the cereals – said: “Offering consumers healthier and tastier cereals is one of our top priorities and we are determined to make breakfast even better for everyone.

“We’ll take every opportunity to drive forward improvements across our range. For example, by the end of this year, our cereals will be free from artificial flavours and colours across our entire product portfolio. Making these improvements is crucial to us offering better choices for our consumers while retaining the same great taste.”