West Sacramento-based Raley’s said Tuesday that it will eliminate certain Raley’s private-label brand sodas in a step designed to provide healthier options to customers.
Officials said the action includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties.
“Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices,” Kevin Curry, Raley’s senior vice president, of merchandising and supply chain, said in a statement.
Various studies have linked consumption of high-fructose corn syrup with health problems, including weight gain, obesity and an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels.
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Raley’s said it has discontinued production of private-label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase out remaining inventory over the next two weeks. The company anticipates that it will be out of stock by Aug. 1.
Last year, Raley’s eliminated tobacco from its stores, also citing health concerns.
Founded in 1935, Raley’s operates more than 120 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley’s Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.