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Dannon commits to healthier yogurt, especially kids’ favorite, Danimals

Dannon pledges to make its yogurt healthier by 2016
Dannon pledges to make its yogurt healthier by 2016
Marylou Morano

Dannon, the nation’s leading producer of yogurt, has made a formal commitment to improving nutrition and reducing sugar and fat in its yogurt products, according to a recent announcement by the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).

The news came during the second day of the recent PHA’s Building a Healthier Future Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C.. As stated on the PHA website, Dannon, along with Del Monte and Kwik Trip, will be working with PHA to “make healthier choices more accessible and affordable for busy parents and families.”

The PHA website also states that Dannon, which is part of the Paris-based Danone corporation, commits to the following by 2016:

1. To improve the nutrition of all of its products, including all fresh dairy products marketed under the brands of Dannon, Danimals, Danonino, Oikos, Activia, Light & Fit, and DanActive, by 10 percent.

2. To reformulate its products so that 70 percent of all Dannon products, and 100 percent of its products intended for children, contain less than 23 grams of total sugar per 6 ounces.

3. To reformulate products so that 75 percent of all Dannon products meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “fat free” or “low in fat.”

4. To invest $3,000,000 for education and research focused on healthy eating habits, Part of this investment will be used to sponsor scientific symposia on nutrition and probiotics, and develop educational programs for health care providers and/or consumers on the benefits of low fat and fat free yogurt. Dannon will also provide research grants and encourage scientific partnerships with universities dedicated to nutrition research.

According to information released by the Associated Press and published on the Star Tribune Kids Health Network website, currently only 30 percent of Dannon's yogurt products for kids meets the proposed 2016 standard of containing less than 23 grams of total sugar per 6 ounces.

The PHA was created in 2010. Its mission is to work with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.

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