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Hunt’s Ketchup Drops Corn Syrup

Hunt’s Ketchup, the perpetual number two in the business behind Heinz, has found a healthy way to steal the spotlight, however long that may last. ConAgra, which makes Hunt’s Ketchup, reformulated it’s condiment to exclude high-fructose corn syrup.

While one could say that it’s the altruistic idea of making a healthier product, truth be told, it’s good old-fashioned business sense. There has been a groundswell of anti-high-fructose corn syrup activism through traditional and social media. As a result, its sales have declined in recent years.

According to Charlie Mills, an analyst at Credit Suisse, the combined sales of high-fructose corn syrup in the U.S. for Archer Daniels Midland, Tate & Lyle and Corn Products International was down nine percent in 2009, compared with 2007. Mills expects a further decline for 2010.

“Manufacturers are tired of hearing about the e-mails, the 800-number calls and the letters,” says Phil Lempert, editor of the Lempert Report, which focuses on supermarket trends. “People don’t want it, so why fight them?”

(via: Consumerist)

May 11th, 2010

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all my gay friends think its homemade

posted Aug 6th, 2010 8:13 am


There is a reason high fructose corn syrup is banned in Europe. Moreover, there is a direct correlation between the introduction of high fructose corn syrup into the American diet and the rise in obesity rates. I've seen the "sweet surprise" ads. What they don't mention is that high fructose corn syrup is metabolized differently than simple sugars -- hence the obesity problem and the attendant health issues (including higher mortality rates). How do corn lobbyists sleep at night?

posted May 20th, 2010 9:22 pm


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