Bumble Bee to reduce sodium in canned seafood

by Eric Schroeder
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SAN DIEGO — Bumble Bee Foods, a marketer of canned seafood, said it has completed a significant sodium reduction across its line of canned albacore and light meat tuna products.

Beginning in May, Bumble Bee albacore products will contain 140 mg of sodium or less per serving — a reduction of 44% from average sodium levels of 250 mg in 2008. The light meat tuna by the brand has been reduced to 180 mg per serving, Bumble Bee said. Earlier this year, Bumble Bee introduced Prime Fillet Very Low Sodium Solid White Albacore in Water. The Prime Fillet product is designed for consumers on sodium-restricted diets and contains 35 mg of sodium per serving.

“The completion of the first stage of our commitment to reduce sodium levels across our entire Bumble Bee portfolio, in order to provide consumers with even healthier products, is an important milestone in the history of our brand,” said Chris Lischewski, president and chief executive officer. “We started this initiative almost two years ago, conducting extensive research and development, and are pleased to begin shipping significantly reduced sodium levels in all albacore — our core product line — and light meat tuna to supermarkets nationwide starting May 1. The terrific news is we successfully accomplished our reduction objectives and maintained the great taste consumers expect from Bumble Bee.”

Bumble Bee, whose products are marketed in the United States under the Bumble Bee, Brunswick, Snow’s and Beach Cliff brands, said further sodium reducing initiatives are in the works for the remaining products in the company’s portfolio.

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