Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to Eliminate Artificial Colors & Flavors: Pizza Hut is removing artificial toppings from its pizzas. Yum! Brands, the parent company of that restaurant chain, announced that all artificial colors and flavors will be removed from pizzas at the end of July. Taco Bell will also do the same shortly.
Pizza Hut CEO David Gibbs said the decision is a response to customer demands. “You don’t hold the honor of being America’s leading pizza brand if you don’t consistently meet the changing needs of today’s consumers,” he said in a press release.
In another move in the food industry, the Similac brand of infant formula is launching a new soy product made without genetically modified ingredients.
Abbott, the company that makes the formula, said the new product called Similac Advanced Non-GMO will be “slightly” more expensive than the regular version and will be available starting this week at Target, with wider distribution in the fall.
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Abbott spokeswoman Lindsy Delco said the new product is designed to satisfy consumers concerned about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), also called GMOs.
The new product gives peace of mind to moms and dads who are interested in GMO-free ingredients,” she said.
These decisions are the latest in a group of food companies that are phasing out either GMOs or artificial ingredients.
Panera Bread announced earlier this month that it was recalling artificial additives and preservatives. And last month, Chipotle ensured that its food products are now GMO-free, becoming the first fast food chain to do so.
Last year, General Mills also said it would remove GMOs from Cheerios cereals.
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