PepsiCo Australia has changed the cooking oil for some of its snack brands to Australian canola oil, reducing the saturated fat content in Doritos, Tostitos Cantina Style tortilla chips, Twisties, Burger Rings and Cheetos.
In some products, the saturated fat content has been reduced by as much as 86%.
According to PepsiCo Australia, the switch means more than 90% of its local snack portfolio meets the global PepsiCo 2025 goal to reduce saturated fat in products to no more than 1.1g per 100 calories.
“Smith’s chips made the shift to Australian canola oil in 2018, and we are proud to have now rolled out this change to more of our great snack brands like Doritos and Twisties,” said PepsiCo ANZ CEO, Danny Celoni.
“We know that consumer needs and preferences are changing, and Australians are more concerned about their health and wellness than ever before.”
He added: “We have been making changes to our portfolio, products and packaging to ensure we can meet our consumers’ needs. We are committed to reformulating our products without compromising on the great taste our consumers love.
“The team has been working to reduce the added sugars, saturated fat and sodium in our food and beverages. We seek to provide consumers with more product offerings, and clear ingredient labelling information. We remain committed to meet the highest standards for food quality and safety.”
PepsiCo Australia is also in the process of rolling out voluntary Health Star Rating on the front of its packaging. The ratings will be on 67% of PepsiCo’s Australian snack products by the end of 2019, on track to meet government guidelines of 70% by 2023.
The company said the change to Australian canola oil is also a significant investment in Australian agriculture.
“We will be sourcing approximately 14,000 tonnes of canola oil produced on farms in New South Wales and Victoria,” said Celoni.
“We’re committed to supporting local agriculture. We’re proud that 80% of the produce we use, including the potatoes that go into our iconic Smith’s chips, are grown right here in Australia.”