Major Food, Beverage Companies Remove 6.4 Trillion Calories from U.S. Marketplace

Jan 9, 2014

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that sixteen of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies – including Nestlé USA – sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than they did in 2007. The companies, acting together as the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), pledged to remove 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012, and 1.5 trillion by 2015. The RWJF’s independent evaluation found that the companies have exceeded their 2015 pledge by more than 400 percent.

Nestlé USA is proud to be a part of the HWCF and has contributed to this effort in a number of ways:

  • Since 2000, there has been a reduction in added sugar in NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® chocolate powder by over 25%. The brand will continue to reduce the amount of added sugar by another 15 to 20% in 2014.
  • STOUFFER’S® has been working with top chefs across the country to reduce the amount of fat and sodium in its sauces while maintaining the same great flavor, and also adding colorful nutrient dense vegetables to our meals.
  • Nestlé USA offers more than 30 ice cream products that are portion and calorie-controlled including DREYER’S SLOW CHURNED® snack-size cups, NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® LIL’ DRUMS™ and HÄAGEN-DAZS® single-serve cups and bars. Research indicates that consumers tend to eat at least twice the recommended serving of ice cream when consuming from a multi-serve carton, so portion-controlled products reduce calories and help educate people about appropriate portion size.

    “We’ve made great progress across our portfolio of brands in finding creative solutions for product reformulations and lower calorie options,” said Chavanne Hanson, Wellness Champion for Nestlé USA. “Our role in surpassing the HWCF pledge of 1.5 trillion calories demonstrates our commitment to be recognized and trusted as the leading nutrition, health and wellness company in the USA and delivering world class products to our consumers.”