Sodium Reduction

Sodium Reduction

Todays consumers are increasingly mindful of their sodium intake, even as they demand the great taste and functionality salt provides. Brand holders are meeting the challenge, reducing sodium levels in many of the products salt-loving Americans eat every day.

Sodium is found naturally in a variety of foods such as milk, meat and shellfish; however, most dietary sodium is found in processed foods and restaurant meals. More than 40 percent of sodium intake comes from 10 types of foods, including cold cuts, pizza, soup and savory snacks. With global health organizations and scientific bodies urging consumers to decrease daily sodium consumption, several key food industry leaders are taking proactive measures to implement reduced sodium initiatives.

Table of Contents

  • Viewpoint: Spotlight on Sodium
    by Judie Bizzozero
  • Sodium Reduction: Health Concerns Driving the Market
    by Judie Bizzozero
  • Clean Label Snacks Get Creative
    by Melissa Kvidahl
  • Case Study: Farmhouse Culture
  • Case Study: Marys Gone Crackers

Takeaways for Your Business

  • 95% of U.S. households consume salty snacks, with 94% of Americans snacking at least once per day.
  • NestlĂ© USA, General Mills, Mars and Unilever are among the market leaders voluntarily reducing sodium levels.
  • Salt alternatives, additives and unique salt varieties may aid a brands sodium reduction efforts.

About Cargill


Cargill is working to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We've been in business for more than 150 years, and have a history working with partners to navigate our complex food system from field to table. Our broad label-friendly portfolio, market expertise and trusted supply chain can help you satisfy consumer demand for clean label.