Several of the United States’ largest food companies have made efforts to cut calories from their products.
In 2010, companies including PepsiCo (PEP), General Mills (GIS), Coca-Cola (KO), Kraft (KRFT), Campbell Soup (CPB), and several others, agreed to cut 1.5 trillion calories by 2015. A study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that from 2007 to 2012, the companies had cut 6.4 trillion calories. This comes out to about 78 calories a day per person, reports the Associated Press.
“To think it would come this far, that’s a surprise and that’s exciting,” James Marks, senior vice president of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told Bloomberg. “They are the largest and most strategic companies, and other companies have had to respond to their success.”
Efforts made by companies to reduce calories include, reducing portion sizes, creating low-calorie foods and reducing calories in current products. The company’s were aided in their efforts by the desire of more Americans to eat healthier foods, the Associated Press notes.