Kraft Foods Inc. has announced that it is on track to complete a three-year initiative to reduce sodium by an average of 10% across its North American portfolio by year end. Through these efforts, Kraft has already eliminated the equivalent of 14 million lbs of salt, or 1 billion teaspoons, from the North American diet annually.
“Sodium plays several important roles in food, including enhancing taste and texture, as well as helping keep products fresh,” said Russ Moroz, Vice President, Research, Development & Quality. “But our scientists and product developers also know that more than half of North Americans are interested in lowering their sodium intake. So, we worked hard to make meaningful reductions in sodium, without sacrificing the taste, quality, or safety of some of North America’s favorite foods.”
Kraft Foods’ sodium reduction efforts reach across the company’s North American product portfolio. Staples such as Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, Breakstone’s 2% Cottage Cheese and Oscar Mayer Bacon had reductions of more than 10%. And for many other Kraft Foods products, the results exceeded this goal, including:
- Kraft Original BBQ Sauce, 40%
- Kraft Easy Mac Cups Original and Triple Cheese, 30%
- Teddy Grahams Honey Graham Snacks, 25% (while boosting whole grain content to 8 g per serving)
- Oscar Mayer Deli-Fresh Smoked Ham and Oscar Mayer Beef Bologna, 25%
- Kraft Singles American Slices, 18%
In total, Kraft Foods has reduced sodium content in more than 1,000 SKUs across 24 different product categories.