ConAgra focuses on reducing sodium

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OMAHA — A companywide initiative from ConAgra Foods, Inc. has removed about 2.8 million lbs of salt from consumers’ diets annually, and the company is investing in new technology to reduce sodium even more.

"Over the past several years, we have focused our efforts on improving the nutritional profile of many of our foods, including successfully reducing sodium content in our top-selling products," said Al Bolles, executive vice-president of research, quality and innovation. "This focus enabled us to reduce sodium by 15% to 20% in many products without compromising the great taste of the product. To date, we’ve removed millions of pounds of salt from our products. With continued focus and investment, we are confident that we will remove even more salt and provide consumers with more healthful food choices."

Foods with reduced sodium include the Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Kid Cuisine, Marie Callender’s and Orville Redenbacher’s brands. One of the new technology initiatives in reducing sodium may be found in Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop! microwave popcorn. Mr. Bolles said the popcorn has 30% less sodium.

"We are now refining that breakthrough ingredient and developing others so that we can continue to meet consumer demand for great-tasting, lower sodium foods," Mr. Bolles said.

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