Australian canola oil is now being used by PepsiCo for its major snack brands.
The change will significantly reduce saturated fat content in Doritos, Tostitos Cantina Style tortilla chips, Twisties, Burger Rings and Cheetos.
“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,” PepsiCo ANZ CEO Danny Celoni said.
For some of the company’s brands, the saturated fat content has been reduced by as much as 86 per cent.
Future health goals
“The switch to cooking in Australian canola oil for our major snack brands means more than 90 per cent of our local snack portfolio meets our global PepsiCo 2025 goal to reduce saturated fat in our products to no more than 1.1 grams per 100 calories.”
Mr Celoni added that the company has been making changes to its portfolio, products and packaging to ensure they meet consumers’ needs.
PepsiCo Australia is also in the process of rolling out the voluntary Health Star Rating on the front of packaging.
Health Star Ratings will be on 67 per cent of PepsiCo’s Australian snack products by the end of 2019.
“We will be sourcing approximately 14,000 tonnes of canola oil produced on farms in New South Wales and Victoria,” Mr Celoni said.
“PepsiCo ANZ spends more than $120 million annually on Australian produce and we want to ensure we’re able to continue to grow local, manufacture local and employ local people in the future.”