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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 6, June 2013, Posted On: 6/6/2013

Food And Beverage Giants Meet Calorie-Reduction Goal Three Years Early

Emily Jed
TAGS: calorie reduction program, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé USA, Kellogg, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Michelle Obama, Partnership for a Healthier America, Dan Glickman, vending

WASHINGTON -- America's biggest food and beverage companies say they have reached a goal they set three years ago to remove a collective 1.5 trillion calories from their products. The announcement by the 16 companies -- including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé USA, Kellogg, General Mills and Kraft Foods -- came three years ahead of schedule.

The companies joined forces in 2010 to form the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, signing on to First Lady Michelle Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America and agreeing to make changes in product formulas and sizes. The original goal was to fulfill the commitment by 2015.

Members of the HWCF announced their progress at a press conference in Washington, alongside former U.S. secretary of agriculture Dan Glickman; Tracy Orleans, a senior scientist at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and representatives from the White House.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a health-focused philanthropy, will independently evaluate HWCF's progress and release a report in the fall.

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