By: Katie Morley of The Telegraph
Kellogg’s has been accused of a “weasly” attempt to get around child obesity sugar rules after re-branding Frosties as an adult cereal.
From 2020 food brands targeting children with sugary products face being named and shamed by the Government if they fail to reduce the sugar content by 20 per cent.
But after a trial of “reduced sugar” Frosties that contain 30 per cent less sugar flopped, Kellogg’s confirmed that it will not reduce the sugar content.
Ahead of the deadline Kellogg’s has banned promotions on Frosties, including free toys inside packs, but will keep the Tony the Tiger mascot on the front of boxes for the forseeable future.
Kellogg’s defended the decision and claimed that Tony the Tiger was an “adult cartoon” that appealed to Millennials in their 20s and 30s.
Just one in five consumers who eats Frosties is a child, with the cereal now a primarily adult food, it said.
Official data shows the UK population is made up of roughly five times as many adults as children.
Tam Fry, spokesman at the National Obesity Forum, said: “Frosties is a Kellogg’s classic and they won’t want to do anything about that. At first glance making them an adult cereal appears to be a way of getting round the regulations.
“It is a bit weasley. But as long as they make the generous concessions to health across the range they should be allowed to keep their classic products. With Frosties if you get rid of the sugar, then you get rid of the product.”