As we work to make nutritional improvements to our products, we are committed to reducing sodium, eliminating trans fats, restricting allergens and sensitivities and lowering calories and fats--all while maintaining the delicious taste our customers know and love.
KFC U.S. is working hard to reduce sodium in its products. The Brand began its journey to reduce sodium in 2007 working with suppliers to find options to reduce sodium without compromising product quality or unique taste. Great progress has been made to date, yet the brand recognizes there is still more work to do and is committed to addressing this nutritional improvement.
Taco Bell U.S. has removed more than two million pounds of salt from its ingredients since 2011. This is a reduction of nearly 20% overall across the menu while delivering the same great Taco Bell taste that customers love. The Brand has an ongoing commitment to reduce sodium levels and teams are continuously evaluating ingredient technologies and functionalities with suppliers to help further reduce additional sodium levels in Taco Bell food.
Amid rising concerns of Americans’ sodium intake, Pizza Hut U.S. has successfully removed more than half a million pounds of salt from its menu and has established a sodium reduction plan to further develop, test and rollout incremental gains through 2013-2014.
The brand teams in India continue to look for ways to reduce sodium in KFC and Pizza Hut menu options by working with suppliers and nutrition experts.
In Australia and New Zealand, KFC has successfully implemented sodium reduction initiatives for a number of products. Since March 2010, this market has removed more than [37,500 kilograms] of salt from our chicken products including:
- 2010: Reduced sodium in chicken products by approximately 10% and seasoned chip salt by 17.5%
- 2011: Reduced sodium in burger buns by 22%, dinner rolls by 22% and tortillas by 53%
- 2012: Continued to work on reducing sodium in various core chicken products
Since 2008, Pizza Hut has been testing significant sodium reductions in core products, which have been rolled out in Korea, Canada and Australia. Reductions of up to 50% have been achieved and our goal is to roll this out globally. The Brand has also developed a broader global menu for the dine-in business including pasta, individual pizza, plated salads, an enhanced salad bar and beverages broadening the Brand's appeal through menu variety and choice.
In the UK, our KFC team was the first restaurant to stop salting fries. They have also reduced salt in chicken products every year for more than five years (in line with consumer testing.) To date, KFC UK/Ireland, has successfully reduced sodium in the following products:
- Zinger by 15% (10% of menu mix in 2012)
- Hot Wings by 15% (5% of menu mix in 2012)
As part of our continued commitment to the UK Government Responsibility Deal, in 2012 we signed the Salt Catering Pledges on training and kitchen practice and reformulation, committing KFC UK/Ireland and Pizza Hut UK to continue removing salt in the Brand's menus. They have committed to train employees about healthier lifestyle choices including salt reduction. Progress will be reported annually.
Since 2009, KFC Germany has reduced sodium in several menu items including:
- Original Recipe breading by 16%
- Marinade for filet bites by 20%
- Tortillas by 35%
- Buns by 25%
In 2013, KFC Germany will review and analyze the nutritional values of their full product range. The outcome of the analysis will determine further product development and sodium reduction measures for this Brand.
Many of our markets including the U.S., Canada and India, have taken steps to remove trans fats from product offerings.
Allergens and Sensitivities
Across all of our Brands we manage to guidelines regarding allergens and sensitive ingredients and restrict them in current menu items and in future product development. For example, at Taco Bell, the Frutista Freeze beverages contain only natural flavors and no high fructose corn syrup.
We also identify potential allergens and sensitivities for all our products and publish that information on our Brand websites for our consumers.
Calories and Fat
Pizza Hut U.S.’s Pan, Thin ‘N Crispy®, Hand-Tossed Style and Stuffed Crust pizzas contain:
- zero grams trans fat
- no high fructose corn syrup
- only heart-healthy vegetable oils
Mayonnaise for the KFC burger in China was upgraded to 3rd generation in which the fat content decreased from 70% to 35%.
KFC UK began testing non-fried options and investing in restaurant ovens to support this initiative in 2011. Three restaurants in the region have also been early adopters of the government's Food Standards Agencys to test putting calories on menu boards.
KFC Germany reduced fat by 25% in 2011 when they stopped dipping corn in vegetable oil and began offering customers a butter pack instead.
Pizza Hut India is monosodium glutamate (MSG) free while KFC India continues to explore ways to reduce MSG in menu items, particularly in grilled and vegetarian options.