SPAR Austria has expanded its ‘Zucker-raus' initiative, an industry-wide sugar reduction alliance, to now include 52 members.
The initiative, aimed at reducing sugar consumption in the society, was launched by the retailer in April 2019, in collaboration with a number of food and beverage manufacturers, the Austrian Medical Council, doctors and medical associations.
Sugar Reduction Initiative
SPAR Austria has already removed more than 2,500 tonnes of sugar from its own-brand products.
As well as reducing the amount of sugar in food products, the partners in the initiative aim to provide targeted information about the risks and health consequences of excessive sugar consumption.
Members who have joined recently include 3Bears, an innovative porridge maker, and Mein Leben magazine, which is aimed at people with diabetes.
SPAR Austria Healthy Nutrition
"As a food retailer, we are responsible for supporting consumers with healthy nutrition. We innovate in product development and provide information about the dangers of excessive sugar consumption. These steps are taken in close cooperation with experts," said Markus Kaser, SPAR Austria board director and spokesperson for the sugar reduction initiative.
"I am very pleased about the steady growth of the alliance and that all partners continue to be committed to a healthier food offer which is lower in sugar," he added.
Elsewhere, the retailer is aiming to minimise food waste in its stores through increased digitalisation of the group's inventory.