Walmart Five Year Food Plan Unveiled

By: Rob Adams
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 21, 2021

Walmart Five Year Food Plan -- Healthier groceries? Walmart has unveiled a new five year food plan that's healthier and affordable. The nation's largest grocer says it will reformulate thousands of products.

It's a push to bring thousands of products to consumers that will make them healthier and a pitch to its suppliers. First Lady Michelle Obama is being joined by Walmart in an effort to combat childhood obesity. The company plans to reduce sodium and added sugars in some items.

In addition, Walmart plans to build stores in poor areas that don't already have available grocery products, reduce prices on produce and develop a logo for healthier items. "No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. division. As the largest grocer in the United States, Wal-Mart's size gives it unique power to shape what people eat.

The grocery business is nearly twice the size of No. 2 competitor Kroger. The company also has massive influence on products made by other manufacturers and sold at the store. Mrs. Obama said the announcement has "the potential to transform the marketplace and help Americans put healthier foods on their tables every single day."

"We are really gaining some momentum on this issue, we're beginning to see things move," Obama told ABC. The nation's largest retailer plans to reduce sodium by a quarter and cut added sugars in some of its private label products by 2015. It also plans to remove remaining industrially produced trans fats.

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