Salt reduction

Our commitment: Reduce sodium (salt) in our products

Our commitment: Reduce sodium (salt) in our products

Our objectives

By 2014 – 100% of children’s products meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria to help promote a reduction of salt in children’s diets.

By 2016 – We will further reduce salt content by 10% in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria, ensuring gradual salt reduction even in more challenging areas of our product portfolio.

Our progress

In 2014, 98% of our children’s products met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria (2013: 96%).

We have assessed our entire product portfolio against the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation sodium criteria, and our overall sodium reduction achievement was 4.7%. We are now looking into potential solutions for those products that do not currently meet the required standards.

We have already relaunched a wide range of reduced-salt products, including:

  • Maggi Spaghetti Bolognese ‘Fix’ in Germany (17% sodium reduction);
  • Maggi Juicy Chicken Garlic and Maggi Juicy Chicken Paprika in Russia (respectively 12% and 19% sodium reduction);
  • Maggi soup range in Austria (14.5% – 22.5% sodium reduction); and
  • Stouffer´s vegetable lasagna in the USA (19% sodium reduction).

Our perspective

Sodium is an essential mineral, but too much of the salt in our diet comes from what’s added during manufacturing, home cooking or at the table. In 2013, we pledged to accelerate salt reduction across all of our savoury food products to support the WHO salt target of no more than 5 g of salt per person per day by 2025. However, reducing the salt content in some products poses a technical challenge. Besides seasoning, salt is important for food preservation and texture.

We also need to reduce salt content without consumers either adding it themselves or choosing saltier alternatives. That is why we take a gradual approach and combine reduced salt content with optimised ingredient combinations to promote taste.

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The Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria are based on nutrition science and public health dietary recommendations, such as those of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Institute of Medicine and other global or local authorities. Our products are evaluated against these criteria, using the Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System, which determines their nutritional value and whether they achieve the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation status.

Products for which 50% or more of consumers are below 12 years of age, or are designed for or perceived as being designed for this age group.

We have identified all products in the outstanding 2% which are at different stages of the approval and/or registration process at market level before the product can be launched.