Within the LEAN CUISINE® line, fifteen SPA CUISINE™ and eight new MARKET CREATIONS items all contain ½ cup vegetables (2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day; one serving equals ½ cup). Fifteen LEAN CUISINE® items are made with 100 percent whole grain pasta. Ten varieties of LEAN CUISINE® feature seafood, which provides an excellent source of omega-3.
From its Denver-based business, Nestlé offers 69 handheld products marketed under HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches. These convenient items also have benefited from gradual sodium reduction strategies which began in 2005. Current average sodium content across these products is 610 mg per serving (25% DV). As well, LEAN POCKETS® now offers eight varieties featuring whole grain crusts.
BUITONI® Refrigerated Pastas also have heeded consumer requests for tasty and nutritious choices. In 2005, when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommended that Americans consume more whole grains, BUITONI® invited consumers to try their whole wheat ravioli, linguine and tortellini varieties.
“As part of the world’s largest food company, our Nestlé businesses have access to a depth of knowledge and expertise that is unmatched,” said Alford. “Working with Nestlé S.A., we have established Nutrition Foundations for our key brands and used the guidance provided by the Nestlé S.A. policies on sodium, sugar, and trans fat to shape the product development work at Nestlé Prepared Foods Company. We are pleased to be able to offer American favorites that deliver delicious taste and thoughtful nutrition in every bite.”