British food industry pledges to cut calories

British food industry pledges to cut calories

Britain's major supermarket chains and food producers have pledged to cut five billion calories from the nation's daily diet. Seventeen companies have signed the Department of Health's Responsibility Deal, including the four major supermarket chains Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's.

British Health secretary Andrew Lansley proudly announced the combined pledge of producers and distributors to help fight obesity, which is one of the biggest health hazards in the country. “Over 60 per cent of adults and over a third of 10 and 11 year olds are overweight or obese”, says the Department of Health, stating that England has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe – and indeed of the whole world.

 

Joint efforts to tackle problems

The best way to tackle this problem is to prevent people from eating too much, so major producers have pledged to reduce the amounts of calories in their food products:

  • Coca-Cola Great Britain will reduce its average amount of calories per litre by 5% - up to 30% for some brands.
  • Mars will cap the calories per chocolate snack to 250 by the end of next year.
  • Premier Foods will reduce calories in their existing brands and one in three newly introduced products will be “lower calorie choices”.

 

The major supermarket chains also have announced their efforts to cut the country's calorie intake:

  • Tesco will remove 1.8 billion calories from its soft drinks, expand its range of low-calorie meals and point customers to low-calorie options using “Green Ping” labels.
  • Asda will introduce a new brand that will contain at least 30 per cent fewer calories than their normal “Chosen by you” brand.
  • Morrisons will launch a range of over 300 healthier food products and a new labelling system.

 

Fastfood chain Subway joins the pledge with a commitment to offer five “Low fat range subs” as part of their very popular £3 lunch offer.

 

Happy Health Secretary

“This pledge is just the start of what must be a bigger, broader commitment from the food industry”, said Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. “But it is a great step in the right direction and will help million of us eat and drink fewer calories.”

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Lower turnover and new CEO for Geox

19/01/2018

Italian shoe brand Geox’ turnover dropped slightly in the past fiscal year. It also replaced former CEO Gregorio Borgo with Matteo Mascazzini, who came from Italian fashion brand Gucci.

Slower growth for Primark

18/01/2018

Irish fashion chain Primark has seen its first quarter turnover grow 7 % at level exchange rates and 9 % taking the fluctuations into account. Analysts however had expected faster growth.

Zalando's profit is slightly below expectations

17/01/2018

German fashion web shop Zalando has grown nearly a quarter in the past fiscal year and its company profit also nearly grew 5 %, although the latter was slightly below its own expectations.

Record turnover for Yoox Net-a-Porter in 2017

16/01/2018

Online retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) achieved a record turnover in 2017, surpassing two billion euro. That is a growth of more than 10 % compared to the year before, when it just missed that milestone.

Hugo Boss reaches growth targets for 2017

16/01/2018

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has managed to reach its targets for 2017, partially thanks to strong fourth quarter growth. For its full fiscal year, turnover grew 3 % (excluding exchange rate fluctuations).

C&A owners consider sale to Chinese investors

15/01/2018

The Dutch Brenninkmeijer family is considering to sell clothing chain C&A, according to German magazine Der Spiegel. One option is to sell to Chinese buyers.

Back to top