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Scandza wants to contribute to a healthier society, and our promise is to provide goods that are better for our customers.
Lifestyle diseases are inherently linked to dietary habits, which leads to reduced quality of life and an economic burden to society.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that by 2030, 70 percent of global deaths will be due to chronic diseases (5).
The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations states that Nordic citizens must increase their intake of vegetables, fruit and berries, fish and seafood, nuts and seeds. Moreover, they should eat more plant-based foods and low-fat dairy products, while limiting the intake of processed and red meat, sugars, salt and alcohol. Scandza has signed the industry agreement to reduce sugar, salt, and fat in our products, while increasing fibers and intake of fruit and vegetables.
Our Quality Manager is leading and coordinating the work on this issue at a group level. A working group meets twice a year to discuss new solutions, progress and to map future needs. We see that our customers are increasingly asking for healthier products, but that changing dietary habits is difficult. Our strategy has been to make existing products healthier while preserving the taste and to develop new healthier product brands.
Less salt, sugars, and fats
Scandza has worked systematically to reduce sugar, salt, and fat in our existing product portfolio over the last 7 years. We have prioritized products sold in high volumes in order to have the largest possible impact. Since 2017, Scandza has reduced the salt content in all cheese from 1.5 per cent to 1.2 per cent. In the same period, we reduced the amount of sugar in all Greek yogurt by 30 percent. In addition every new product is evaluated according to our criteria on salt, sugar and fat, fulfilling the given thresholds stated by the initiative. This has resulted in several newcomers such as low fat cheese, reduced sugar spreads and zero percent fat yogurts.
The Norwegian Directory of Health will update and launch a new version of The Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (6) in 2022, guiding Scandza’s path to even more sustainable diets.