Britain’s biggest selling yogurt range* which includes category favourites Müller Corner and Müllerlight*, has achieved a 13.5% reduction in total sugar*, equalling 1759 tonnes, since 2015, according to new data published by the company.
The reduction across Müller’s yogurt portfolio is substantially ahead of Public Health England’s voluntary guidelines which sought a 5% lowering of total sugar by August 2017*.
Having already reformulated the iconic Müller Corner Strawberry flavour so that it now has 19% less total sugar, the business has announced the launch of its first ever Müller Corner that is made with unsweetened natural Greek Style yogurt. The Müller Corner Plain range replaces the Müller Greek Corner range and contains, on average, 27% less total sugar*.
Available in three flavours: Strawberry and Goji Berry, Blueberry and Elderberry and Raspberry and Pomegranate, the new Müller Corner Plain, which is high in protein, is available in Asda now, and other retailers throughout March, April and May.
Müller Corner Plain will be available in single format (RRP 75p) or four-packs (RRP £2.89), and the launch is being supported by a new TV campaign, which features Nicole Scherzinger, and in-store and PR activity.
With innovations such as Müllerlight Fruitopolis with 0% added sugar and Müllerlight Greek Style with 0% added sugar*, Müller has introduced a range of new products with lower and no added sugar, and is offering more pot sizes including Müllerlight Greek Style ‘Big Pots’ which gives people the option to share or choose their own portion size.
Bergen Merey, Managing Director of Müller Yogurt & Desserts said:
“We create products that are inspired by dairy goodness and motivated by taste. Through reformulation, new portion sizes and new products, all made possible by unprecedented investment in our capabilities, our products continue to offer moments of pleasure and no compromise on taste.
“Müller Corner is a great example. It’s strongly associated with ‘together time’ and consumers place a high premium on these moments*. That’s why Müller Corner remains a category and UK consumer favourite, accounting for four of the top five performing yogurt SKUs*. It also punches above its weight for the category in terms of its value contribution vs distribution*, and we are delighted to bring new excitement with Müller Corner Plain.
“By pursuing our ongoing sugar reduction strategy, partnerships with world class sport including British Athletics*, exciting innovation and boosting our marketing spend by almost 25%, we have big plans to grow the yogurt category even further.”
Müller plans to further grow and innovate brands including Müllerlight, Müller Corner and Müller Rice, and aims to broaden their usage occasions and availability.
The business has confirmed a £100m investment over the next three years to develop, manufacture and market a new generation of branded and private label yogurt and desserts products, made from Müller Milk produced by British farmers.
*Kantar Worldpanel 2017 UK Brand Footprint ranking
*Nielsen Scantrack we 02/12/17
*Total sugar SWA per 100g, less 3.8g lactose allowance per 100g (based on Kantar volume data)
*Public Health England: Sugar reduction: Achieving the 20%
*Contains naturally occurring sugars
*Kantar Worldpanel Usage | Total In Home & Carried Out
*Nielsen Scantrack we 02/12/17
*Official Yogurt as Proud Sponsor of British Athletics
Müller UK & Ireland
Müller UK & Ireland is wholly owned by the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller. It employs around 12,000 people in a business which comprises two distinct business units: Müller Milk & Ingredients and Müller Yogurt & Desserts.
Based in Market Drayton, Müller Yogurt & Desserts is the UK’s leading yogurt manufacturer, responsible for major brands such as Müller Corner, Müllerlight and Müller Rice. It also produces, at production facilities in Minsterley near Shrewsbury, chilled desserts under licence from Mondelez International. Müller Yogurt & Desserts also supplies the UK private label yogurt market from a state of the art yogurt facility in Telford, Shropshire.
Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business with a network of dairies and depots servicing customers throughout the country, producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, flavoured milk and brands including FRijj. It also has the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets, and operates the milk&more doorstep delivery service.
The acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy operations in December 2015 marked a milestone in Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller’s global growth strategy and in particular its aspiration to place much more emphasis on end to end supply chain innovation, adding value to the UK dairy category.