Consumers have become increasingly aware of the impact of high fructose corn syrup on their health; are reading lacbels and avoiding products containing high fructose corn syrup.
Hershey in response to consumer demand is looking to replace the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.
“We take into account what consumers want. And consumers are telling us between the two, they prefer sugar,” Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co, said.
Hershey has not announced a time frame for the switch but intends to follow the example of the manufacturers of Yoplait and Gatorade who have moved away from sugar.
“Our aim is to be transparent with our consumers about the ingredients we use in our products. Once we have more information to share, we will be back in touch,” Hershey said in its statement.
Consumer consumption of high fructose corn products has slowed in part due to a decreased consumption of soda.