Tesco First to Take Action on Sugar
- Action on Sugar’s plan for sugar reduction is underway!
- Tesco first to commit to reducing added sugars by 5% incrementally a year in ALL own label soft drinks
- Call on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to implement this strategy across the whole of the food and drink industry, with robust enforcement measures in place
- The UK can lead the world in reducing both the obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis
8 August 2017
Action on Sugar welcomes the news that Tesco is to become the first retailer to commit to a major sugar reduction programme with a 5% year on year, open ended reduction in sugar across its entire sugary soft drinks range.
Action on Sugar has developed a coherent action plan to reduce excess calories in the UK’s diet by gradually reducing the amount of sugars added to soft drinks, and to reduce the sweetness so people get used to less sugar. This is a strategy that was first undertaken by Consensus Action on Salt and health (CASH) and the Food Standards’ Agency for salt reduction, and has led to a 15% reduction in salt intakes, a fall in population blood pressure and 8,500 fewer deaths per year from strokes and heart attacks, with cost savings to the NHS of £1.5billion a year.
- The removal of all added sugar from the “Kids” category in Sept (Brand & Own Label)
- The reformulation of Tesco Own Label full sugar products by 5% every year on-going
- Start to move towards removing all Added Sugar from mainstream squash (added sugar has already been removed from own label and Robinsons)
- Focus on water, squash and flavoured water to promote healthier lives
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