INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOR
We select ingredients to add unique flavors to V8 +Energy. Many of these are commonly used, but others you may not be familiar with. We’ve explained some of these here.
Sucralose adds sweetness and flavor without increasing added sugars or calories. Although sucralose does not occur naturally, it is safe to use in all food products.
Citric acid occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, limes, and tomatoes. We add it for tartness and to control the acidity of our products to ensure product safety. The citric acid we use is derived from either sugar beet or corn crops that may be grown from genetically modified seeds. This is the only ingredient in V8 +Energy that is derived from genetically modified seeds.
We add it for tartness and flavor and to maintain the safety of our products. Although naturally-occurring in many fruits and vegetables such as apples and grapes, the malic acid we use is manufactured.
The natural flavors used in V8 +Energy are derived from fruits and vegetables.
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Ascorbic acid is another name for vitamin C. It occurs naturally in many foods and we add it to replace the naturally-occurring vitamin C that may be lost during preparing and cooking the juice. It is considered an antioxidant.
We add a variety of B vitamins to V8 +Energy beverages because of their recognized role in supporting energy metabolism.
We choose packaging for our V8 juices which is both appealing and environmentally-friendly.
We make some of our V8 +Energy in aluminum cans. These cans are recyclable and contain on average around 70% recycled material. The inside of these cans are coated with a thin layer of plastic to separate the juice and the metal. This keeps the juice safe and preserves its nutritional value. Often this lining contains a substance called bisphenol A or BPA.
In March 2016, we announced plans to transition to non-BPA can linings and coatings and started shipping cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester. We expect this transition to be complete by mid-2017. We understand that some people would prefer to avoid BPA and have many of our V8 +Energy beverages are in packaging which doesn’t use the substance.
OUR PACKAGING AND BPA
We understand that some people would prefer to avoid bisphenol A (BPA), although FDA has determined that it’s safe to use in food packaging. Historically, BPA has been used in food packaging to line metal cans and to preserve the food’s taste and its nutritional value.
PET bottles, pouches and cartons such as those used for V8® beverages, Swanson® broths and Campbell’s sauces are (and have always been) non-BPA packaging.
Campbell has transitioned to non-BPA lining in all of our aluminum and steel cans in the United States and Canada.
The containers of a few other products have metal components that have limited food contact points but are key to ensuring that the lids remain tight. BPA is used as a coating on that metal but in small amounts and we continue to work on packaging alternatives.