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Kellog UK commits to making breakfasts healthier with the launch of its new better starts plan

Published: 30/11/2017

Today Kellogg UK announces the launch of its Better Starts Plan which, by the end of 2018, will overhaul its breakfast cereals to help people in Britain make healthier choices in the morning.

Sugar is to be reduced in Kellogg’s Coco Pops and Rice Krispies cereals, alongside a reduction in salt content and the launch of a new vegan and organic cereal range. 

Kellogg will reduce sugar across three of its best-selling kids’ cereals.

Sugar in Kellogg’s Coco Pops cereal, one of the best-selling cereals in the UK, will come down by 40 per cent (from 30 grams per 100g to 17 grams).  This is following a reduction of 14 per cent earlier this year, meaning that from 2017 to 2018, it will have halved the sugar in Coco Pops.

Sugar in Rice Krispies cereal will be reduced by 20 per cent, now making it one of the lowest sugar cereals people can buy in the UK, and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal will see a 30 per cent reduction in sugar per serving.

Kellogg has been able to do this after its food development team came up with clever ways to maximise flavour by using the simple ingredients of cocoa and grains to maintain taste, while reducing sugar, without using artificial sweeteners.

In a further show of how it’s helping people make healthier choices in the morning, Kellogg will stop making Ricicles cereal in January, 2018.   It will also no longer run any children’s on-pack promotions on Kellogg’s Frosties, in recognition of the fact that this cereal now tends to be eaten by more adults than children in the UK.

Kellogg will also go further to tackle salt.  Significant salt reductions have already been made, with Kellogg reducing salt in UK cereals by 58 per cent since 1999.  From the start of 2018, it will reduce salt in Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal in the UK by a further 10 per cent and in Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes cereal in the UK by 50 per cent.

Kellogg has listened to people and worked hard to meet rising demands for more choice at the breakfast table while providing tasty cereals all of us can enjoy.  While Kellogg UK does not use artificial colours, over the next year the company will remove all artificial preservatives from its breakfast foods.  It will also launch a new plant-based cereal range called WK Kellogg which includes no added sugar, low sugar, organic and vegan options.

Oli Morton, Kellogg UK, managing director, comments, “Kellogg has a long tradition of helping improve the nation’s diet – from pioneering high fibre foods in the early 1900’s to adding folic acid to our products in the 1970s; from launching a long-term salt reduction plan in the late 1990s, to adding vitamin D to all our kid’s cereals in 2000s.

“We know we have a responsibility to continuously improve the nutrition of our food.  We recognise, based on national dietary survey data, that people are eating too much sugar at breakfast and throughout the day and that people need more options, such as organic and vegan. 

“That’s why today we are announcing more changes to our foods so that we can continue to support people in making better choices.  Our shoppers have told us that taste is still important to them so we’ve worked hard to ensure that our new recipes are just as delicious.

“We will continue to listen to people about how we can improve our food.”

The new recipe of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will be in-store from January 2018 and Coco Pops and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes from July 2018.  The new plant-based range of no added sugar, low sugar, organic, vegan and wholegrain options called WK Kellogg will be in-store from January, 2018.  Kellogg’s will stop production of Ricicles in January 2018.