Nestle to drop artificial flavor and color from chocolate bars

Posted on February 19, 2015 by


NesteCandyBarsNestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than 250 products and 10 brands including NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER®, CRUNCH® and BABY RUTH® will be free of artificial flavors and certified colors. Products will begin appearing on store shelves by mid-2015, and will be identified by a “No Artificial Flavors or Colors” claim featured on-pack.

Nestlé is the first major U.S. candy manufacturer to make this commitment.

Findings from Nielsen’s 2014 Global Health & Wellness Survey show more than 60% of Americans say no artificial colors or flavors is important to their food purchase decisions.

Nestlé USA is achieving this commitment by removing artificial flavors and colors, and replacing them with ingredients from natural sources. For example, in the BUTTERFINGER® crispety, crunchety center, annatto, which comes from the seeds found in the fruit from the achiote tree, will replace Red 40 and Yellow 5. In CRUNCH®, natural vanilla flavor will replace artificial vanillin.

This change affects Nestlé’s current portfolio of chocolate brands including NESTLE® CRUNCH®, BUTTERFINGER®, BABY RUTH®, SKINNY COW®, RAISINETS®, GOOBERS®, SNO CAPS®, 100 GRAND®, OH HENRY® and CHUNKY®. Going forward, all newly launched chocolate and non-chocolate candy products (gummies, sours, etc.) introduced by Nestlé USA will be made without artificial flavors or colors. Additionally, Nestlé USA is actively pursuing the removal of caramel coloring from its chocolate products. Caramel coloring is an exempt-from-certification color additive, which is used in only nine of the more than 250 chocolate products.

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