Aug 14, 2015, updated August 2015
Trans fats occur naturally in foods such as milk and meat, but most trans fats in the human diet come from foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHOs), such as bakery and savoury snacks.
Our objective is to complete the removal of all trans fats originating from PHOs. In 2014, we strengthened our policy to remove all trans fats originating from PHOs from our foods and beverages, and 96% of the oils we use now meet our Nestlé Policy on Trans Fats.
In 2014, our leading Product Technology Centre successfully challenged long established beliefs about oil stability when they reformulated the recipe for liquid Coffee-mate coffee creamer. In collaboration with our oil supplier, we succeeded in replacing the partially hydrogenated soybean/cottonseed oil with high oleic soybean oil. It was the first time this new oil crop had been grown at large scale, and it was successfully industrialised to match our quality demands.
The result is already a complete replacement of 16 000 tonnes of partially hydrogenated oil per year and the removal of 6000 tonnes of trans fat from our product in 2014. This was achieved without compromising on taste and consumer’s acceptance, or increasing saturated fat content.
In 2015, 26 000 tonnes of oils will be replaced and 10 000 tonnes of pure trans fats removed. The changeover will be completed by September 2015.
Value to Society
Dietary fats form part of a healthy balanced diet, but too much of certain types of fat poses a significant risk for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
While trans fatty acids (TFAs) occur naturally in foods such as milk and meat products, most TFAs in our food supply come from foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHOs). Our objective is to remove all trans fats originating from PHOs.
We apply a gradual approach to reduction, helping our consumers to adapt their taste preference, without reaching for extra ingredients or sauces, or moving to an alternative product. It makes our consumers more likely to adopt a healthier diet and ensures a long-term commitment to improved and sustainable nutrition.
Value to Nestlé
Nestlé is committed to helping our consumers reach and maintain optimal nutrition and health throughout their lives as we believe that over the long term, healthy populations, healthy economies and healthy business performance are mutually reinforcing.
Our objective is to complete the removal of all trans fats originating from PHOs. We are working closely with suppliers to source and develop new ingredients where required.