What know-how has Bonduelle developed regarding improved eating habits ?
The online NutriGo platform allows us to share our experience and R&D results within the Bonduelle group. Find out more about NutriGo
How does Bonduelle support school cafeterias in terms of child nutrition ?
Developed by Bonduelle, the MARELLE software is available for free download at www.marelle-repasequilibres.com. It helps users create food plans that comply with French regulations and elaborate subsequent menus. Find out more about MARELLE
What is Bonduelle's nutritional policy ?
Visa Santé is our nutritional program: a permanent progress-focused approach based on the assessment and optimization of our food products. Find out more about our nutritional policy
Are there any preservatives in Bonduelle's canned food?
There are no preservatives in our canned vegetables. The vegetables are first of all blanched to stop them transforming, then put in hermetically sealed boxes and cooked following a sterilization process that destroys all kinds of germs. Furthermore, canned vegetables do not need any preservatives, as stated in the current regulations.
Why add salt to Bonduelle products ?
Both in our Prepared and snacking range, the consumer is not able to adjust the seasoning. Adding salt helps these products maintain their full flavors, as refrigeration tends to limit taste. Regarding our canned and frozen food, salt is only added for organoleptic purposes, just like "home-cooked" vegetables.
More generally, our position regarding this issue is clear: faced with the public health issue of salt content in food, Bonduelle has chosen to make it a focus point in its nutritional progress plan.
Does Bonduelle add any sugar to its products?
Firstly, it is important to be reminded that vegetables naturally contain simple sugars: carrots, corn, peas, peppers, onions and beetroot - which is the most naturally sweet vegetable with 6.7g/100g (comparatively, the sweetest fruits are bananas with 15.9g/100g and grapes with 16.1g/100g). Regarding our products, it is important to distinguish:
- Bonduelle products that naturally contain simple sugars: our variety of corn - supersweet corn - gives a sweet crunchy grain which does not require any additional sugar. The quantity of sugar listed on the label does in fact come from the vegetable itself and not from added ingredients.
- Bonduelle products containing added simple sugars: Bonduelle adds sugars in the form of Saccharose to recipes to sweeten a vegetable's natural bitterness (chicory, Brussels sprouts), an ingredient's acidity (vinegar, etc.) or in recipes that usually require it (peas/carrots cooked in their own juices). Note that the expression "cooked in their own juices" is regulated and refers to canned foods in which vegetable bouillon and herbs and/or spices were added, along with some sugar. Sugar content in the finished product must be of 50g of glucose per litre of bouillon (see Centre Technique de la Conservation des Produits Agricoles [Technical Centre for Canned Products] good practice guide).
What is Bonduelle's policy regarding added sugar ?
All the studies show it: reducing simple sugar consumption is highly recommended. We therefore naturally included the issue of sugar content in our nutritional progress plan. So, in 2008, within the framework of our Visa Santé project, we implemented maximum added sugar and total sugar thresholds, depending on the product's Visa Santé classification. We are also currently reformulating our recipes to gradually reduce sugar content.
Example of our freshness sachet aimed at the food service market (2013 data): -45.5% sugar for Peas and Peas/Carrots, -15% sugar for our grated carrot salad and -10% sugar for our sliced carrots. Then, since 2011 and in accordance with our development charters, glucose-fructose syrup has been banned at Bonduelle when developing new products.
Which of Bonduelle's products contain salt ?
Firstly, it should be reminded that vegetables that are naturally rich in sodium: celeriac (269mg/100g), celery (109mg/100g), spinach (70 mg/100g). Vegetables that are low in sodium (content < 5mg/100g): cucumber, courgette, chicory.
- Regarding Bonduelle products that naturally contain salt: cut&washed salads and basic frozen products do not contain any added salt. The salt quantity indicated on the label comes from the vegetables' natural sodium content.
- Regarding Bonduelle products that have added salt: "ready-made" products (canned, frozen, prepared) such as tabbouleh, ratatouille, vegetable galettes, cheesy baked dishes, risottos, stir fries, etc.
Since 2008, within the framework of our Visa Santé project, we have implemented maximum salt thresholds, depending on the product's Visa Santé classification. We have therefore reformulated our recipes, gradually reducing salt levels, without ever compromising on taste. - For Prepared products: 50% decreased in salt content for traditional mustard beetroot and tabbouleh. - For canned food: 5% decrease in salt content per year between 2007 and 2012. - For processed frozen food: 20% decrease in salt content for vegetable galettes, between 13 and 25% decrease in salt content for our cheesy baked dishes.