Del Monte Foods to cut sodium by 20%

by Eric Schroeder
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SAN FRANCISCO — Del Monte Foods Co. said it plans to reduce sodium by at least 20% across its branded portfolio of vegetable, tomato and broth products that contain added salt by 2015. The initiative will include the company’s Del Monte, S&W, Contadina and College Inn brands.

Del Monte Foods has offered no salt vegetable products under its Del Monte brand for more than 20 years, and in recent years it has expanded its efforts to include the introduction of 50% Less Salt product varieties. The Del Monte brand also launched its first No Salt Added tomato products more than 10 years ago and expanded its offering two years ago. Del Monte said it currently offers more No Salt Added and 50% Less Salt vegetable and tomato products than any other brand of canned food in its categories.

“Del Monte Foods is committed to providing consumers with products that help them make healthy choices, including reduced-salt and no-salt added vegetable, tomato and broth products,” said Richard G. Wolford, chairman and chief executive officer of Del Monte Foods. “With today’s announcement to reduce sodium by 20% across the vegetable, tomato and broth products in our branded consumer portfolio by 2015, we will lower salt in American diets, thereby helping consumers lead healthier and more active lifestyles. We look forward to making consumer-meaningful sodium reductions and to driving change that supports public health.”

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