Food Companies Take a Big Bite Out of Calories

by Cathy Miller on January 9, 2014

in Health and Wellness

bigstock-Burger-Fast-Food-7057037Just in time for your lose weight resolution, 16 leading food and beverage companies cut calories.

A whopping 6.4 TRILLION calories.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), an independent evaluation acted as the calorie counter.

New Year Resolutions

Apparently, the companies made their own New Year resolutions.

The heavy-hitters banded together to participate in the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (with its own new acronym, HWCF). Their mission?

  • Remove 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012
  • 1.5 trillion by 2015

The overachievers are well on their way.

Some of the findings from the RWJF study revealed the following.

Study’s Findings

RWJF Survey

 

Back in 2007, the 16 companies accounted for 36 percent of the calories from all packaged foods and beverages.

The goal motivating the launch of the HWCF in October 2009 was a reduction in obesity (especially childhood obesity) by 2015. In 2010, the following 16 companies joined forces with HWCF.

  1. Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
  2. Campbell Soup Company
  3. ConAgra Foods (includes Ralston Foods)
  4. General Mills, Inc.
  5. Hillshire Brands (previously Sara Lee Corporation)
  6. Kellogg Company
  7. Kraft Foods Group/Mondelez
  8. Mars, Incorporated
  9. McCormick & Company, Inc.
  10. Nestlé USA
  11. PepsiCo, Inc.
  12. Post Foods
  13. The Coca-Cola Company
  14. The Hershey Company
  15. The J.M. Smucker Company
  16. Unilever

The researchers have not released the results of the entire study. Some of the reasons cited for the reduction in calories include smaller portion sizes, changes in preparation (such as baked versus fried), and reduced total number of servings.

Market studies have shown the healthier alternatives are outperforming other products. Now, that’s a hefty incentive for the participating companies.

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