About our food
It’s well known that high levels of salt in food can raise blood pressure and lead to heart disease and strokes. We’ve signed the UK Government’s Responsibility Deal Salt Reduction Pledge, which means we’re committed to lowering salt levels in our products in both Aldi UK and Ireland.
Aldi has been a signatory to the 2012 Responsibility Deal Salt Reduction Pledge since 2011. In 2014 Aldi signed up to the new Responsibility Deal 2017 salt reduction targets. We have seen progress across all categories as a result of our focused efforts to reduce salt.
In 2014, we achieved a higher percentage of compliance across all relevant food categories, achieving 59% compliance with the 2012 salt targets and 46% compliance against the new 2017 salt targets.
This has been achieved through the development of a comprehensive Salt Reduction Procedure which has been incorporated into the tender stage of our buying process, ensuring that salt content is targeted at an early stage in the development of our own label products.
CALORIE REDUCTION & SATURATED FAT REDUCTION
About 62% of the UK population* is overweight or obese, along with 61% of Irish adults**. In May 2012 we signed the Calorie Reduction Responsibility Deal Pledge to help our customers eat and drink fewer calories. In 2013 we built on this commitment and carried out an extensive portion size review, which will help us prioritise products for potential reformulation and labelling changes in 2014.
We were the first supermarket to launch a ready meal range that has only ‘green’ traffic lights on the front of pack.
We don’t use ‘Southampton six’ colours (which are linked to hyperactivity in children) in our own label products which include: Sunset Yellow (E110), Quinoline Yellow (E104), Carmoisine (E129), Allura Red (E122), Tartrazine (E102) and Ponceau 4R (E124).
We know about customer concerns around the use of artificial flavour enhancers, like monosodium glutamate (MSG), which are used in a wide range of food products. We don’t use flavour enhancers in own label products unless it’s absolutely necessary to match the branded benchmark on taste.
ARTIFICIAL TRANS FATS
Artificial trans fats can raise cholesterol levels which is linked to coronary heart disease. This is why we don’t allow use of artificial trans fats in our products.
*Source: ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet’ Health & Social Care Information Centre, published 2014
** Source: ‘Obesity – a growing problem’ Oireachtas Library and Research Service. Published 2011