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Walkers’ New Non-HFSS Plan Receives Backlash From Fans

April 5, 2022: 12:00 AM EST
Walkers has followed in other brands’ footsteps by releasing plans to introduce non-HFSS alternatives ahead of UK government restrictions. Walkers states it will change its Walkers Baked, Doritos Dippers and Popworks products so they are not considered HFSS. The company also plans to invest £35 million over the next three years into healthier product lines. This will include developing new products as well as reformulating some of its existing ranges. Walkers aims to make at least half of its sales from non-HFSS or low-calorie snacks by 2025, but alterations to its iconic products risk upsetting its loyal fanbase. In the wake of Walkers’ new launch of its '45 per cent less salt' chip range, fans have taken to Twitter to describe the alternatives as ‘terrible’ and ‘rubbish.’ Other fans have pledged to not buy the low-salt alternative and instead buy ‘proper’ chips. Despite this backlash, Walkers claimed the new non HFSS range has performed strongly in consumer taste testing.
James Robinson, "Walkers changes recipes of Doritos Dippers, Baked, AND Popworks to slash salt, fat and sugar - but devastated fans say they want 'proper crisps' and slam 'terrible' healthy new flavours", Daily Mail Online, April 05, 2022, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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