Seven Food Companies Join National Salt Reduction Initiative

March 22, 2011

Bertucci's, Target Corp., and other companies are making the pledge to cut sodium in food products.

Seven new food companies have joined the National Salt Reduction Initiative, a voluntary program aimed at helping companies lower the sodium content of food products.

The companies making the pledge include Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant, Black Bear European Style Deli, Campbell Soup Company, Dietz & Watson, Ken’s Foods, Snyder’s-Lance Inc., and Target Corporation.

The goal of the National Salt Reduction Initiative is to reduce sodium in restaurant and packaged foods by 25% over five years. Only 11% of the sodium we currently consume comes from saltshakers and almost 80% of our sodium intake is added to foods before they are sold, according to statements made at the Initiative’s website.

Among the individual goals of these companies, Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant pledges to reduce 5% of sodium in all of its food categories by this year, Snyder’s-Lance Inc. will cut sodium from its Lance Sandwich Crackers, and Dietz & Watson will cut sodium in its frankfurters and cream cheese to meet standards for 2014.

For a list of 2010 companies that joined the National Salt Reduction Initiative, go here.