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Nestle to slash amount of sugar in chocolate bars by 10% by 2018

Some of the UK’s favourite chocolate bars – including Kit Kats and Yorkies – will contain 10% less sugar by 2018, Nestle has announced.

The confectioner said it would use around 7,500 tonnes less sugar to make its products by next year.

The sugar will be replaced with higher quantities of other existing ingredients or other, non-artificial ingredients

Nestle has said it will use 10% less sugar in its chocolate bars, which include Kit Kats, by 2018

Products will also be kept below a certain amount of calories.

Fiona Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of Nestle UK and Ireland, said: “Our confectionery brands have been enjoyed in the UK for more than a century and we know that if we can improve these products nutritionally, provide more choice and information for the consumer, together with other categories, we can have a significant impact on public health.

“Nestle is at the forefront of efforts to research and develop new technology that makes food products better for our consumers.

“These innovations will help us to reduce sugar in confectionery when they are combined with other, more common methods like reformulating recipes and swapping sugar for other, non-artificial ingredients.

“Making these improvements to our products is key to us delivering better choices for our consumers while retaining the same great taste that they know and love.”

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Festive game designed to trigger happy memories in people with dementia

Unseen vintage Christmas adverts have been used to create a festive game to help trigger happy memories in people with dementia.
The adverts and Christmas packaging from Rowntree and Nestle date from the 1920s up to the 1980s and include old wrappers for famous treats such as Aero, Dairy Box and Fruit Gums.
Archivists at Nestle have now used the old images, which haven’t been published since they were first made, to add to an online document they are providing to help people with dementia to reminisce.
The Christmas adverts can be printed and cut out to create a Snap game, designed to trigger memories.
Research shows that the syndrome does not affect long term memory as much as short term and discussing the past can help someone with dementia engage in conversation.
Some of the images show favourite treats still around today such as KitKat, Aero and Smarties, while some mention long forgotten sweets.
One ad shows Tokens, a chocolate assortment launched by Rowntree in 1963 which had 14 different centres, but the product disappeared from sale within a year.
Nestle teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce the memory pack and it proved so successful they decided to add a special Christmas game to it.
Alex Hutchinson, an archivist at Nestle, said: “We came up with the idea because lots of people started asking us for old photographs.
“The different groups and charities wanted the pictures to help dementia sufferers, as looking at an old picture can bring up a memory.
The pack has been produced as a pdf file so that anyone can have access to it. (Nestle/BNPS)
“We thought about other archive material we had and came up with a pack of wrappers, tins, and games that could offer a range of sensory experiences.
“In the archive we have over 10,000 photographs so we haven’t even really begun to brush the surface.
“We thought snap would be a nice game for a family to use in the Christmas holidays. They can have fun making it and fun playing it with elderly relatives.
“Day to day tasks can become difficult for a dementia sufferer but they are still able to remember past times and their happy experiences.
“The pack has been produced as a pdf file so that anyone can have access to it.
“The Alzheimer’s Society have been really supportive of what we are doing and it’s been great to have their advice and expertise.
“We’ve tried it out in a local care home and it worked really well.”
Source The Telegraph