At Walmart, we believe that our customers shouldn’t have to choose between healthier food and food they can afford. Chronic diseases are increasing in prevalence and severity, with 1/3 of American adults being obese today and 1/3 of adults having diabetes by 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With such significant increases in behavior-related public health trends, customers are increasingly purposeful in building healthier habits and lifestyles. To better serve our customers, we are consistently working to be the most affordable retailer of healthier foods.
Our Nutrition Journey
In 2011, Walmart U.S. launched an ambitious program in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices through five key initiatives:
- Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items to reduce sodium 25% and added sugars 10%, and to remove all industrially-produced trans fats
- Saving customers $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables, and reducing the price premium on “better-for-you” items
- Developing a strong, simple front-of-pack seal to help customers identify healthier options
- Building stores serving USDA-defined food deserts
- Increase support for nutrition education
Over the following five years, we made some great progress:
- 18% sodium reduction, >10% added sugar reduction and zero trans fats in our private brand assortment
- $6 billion in customer savings on fresh produce
- >900 private brand items qualifying for the Great For You program
- 442 stores opened and operated serving food deserts
- $65 million in nutrition education grants by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
Learn more about Great For You and find some delicious meal ideas as well.
Our New Commitments
Looking forward, we want to continue to work with our suppliers to become our customers’ first and trusted choice for more affordable, healthier foods by working to achieve the following goals by 2025:
- Work with suppliers to reduce sodium by 20% and added sugars and saturated fats to be less than 10% of calories in key categories, taking into consideration regulatory guidance to balance nutrition, taste and experience
- Work with suppliers to remove certified synthetic colors, artificial colors and other food additives in products where customers do not expect to find them
- Expand programs to make finding a healthier choice easier, such as the Great For You program in the U.S.
Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to support nutrition education programs for 4 million people from 2015 through 2020.