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PepsiCo New Zealand changes cooking oil, reducing amount of saturated fat in chips

PepsiCo New Zealand is committed to reducing the saturated fat, sodium and added sugars for Kiwi consumers, Potatoes NZ reports.

Exciting news from the potato crisp industry recently, as PepsiCo NZ evolve healthier processing for NZ’s favourite snacks.

The maker of Bluebird potato chips and other snacks, has changed the cooking oil for its major snack brands to canola oil. The change has significantly reduced the amount of saturated fat in Bluebird Original Cut potato chips, Bluebird Thick Cut potato chips, alongside the rest of their range.

For some of the company’s iconic brands, the saturated fat content has been reduced by as much as 85%.

General manager of PepsiCo New Zealand, Ali Hamza, said it was a significant reformulation milestone.

“We’re proud to be rolling out this change in New Zealand to many of our great snack brands including Bluebird” Mr Hamza said.

“Consumer needs and preferences are changing, and Kiwis are more concerned about their health and wellness than ever before. Switching to cooking in canola oil for our major snack brands means more than 90% of our local snack portfolio now meets our global 2025 goal to reduce saturated fat in our products to no more than 1.1 grams per 100 calories.

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