Salt reduction

Our commitment: Reduce sodium in our products


By 2016 – Reduce salt content by an average of 10% from 2012 levels in all relevant products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation (NF) criteria for salt.

Our progress

Nestlé is continuously innovating to improve the flavor and nutritional profile of our foods and beverages by featuring positive nutrients and ingredients; gradually reducing sodium; and helping consumers adapt their taste preferences toward a healthier diet.

Since 2013, we have accelerated salt reduction across our foods and beverage portfolio to help consumers reach recommended target levels established by the World Health Organization and other authorities. Our global Policy on Sodium targets further reductions by an average of at least 10% from 2012 levels over a four-year period (2013–2016) in foods and beverages that do not meet NF criteria for sodium. By the end of 2015, we achieved an overall sodium reduction of 7.4% toward our objective of a 10% reduction. In 2014, 100% of GERBER® products for infants, toddlers and preschoolers met NF criteria for sodium.

Nestlé welcomes the voluntary sodium reduction guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2016. These guidelines establish specific goals and aim to support the voluntary, coordinated and gradual reduction of sodium across the food supply, including restaurants and food service providers in addition to food manufacturers. Nestlé agrees with the FDA that broad adoption of the agency’s voluntary recommendations by the food industry can create a meaningful reduction in population sodium intake over time and help consumer taste preferences adjust.

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Notes: Relevant products means to exclude exemptions (Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Health Science, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Purina Petcare, plain water/coffee/tea, Confectionery gifting, Culinary free-dosing and table-top seasonings, and products designed for children below four years of age as other legal considerations are relevant) and where regulations are not allowed.

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 U.S. authorities, such as the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. 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.