Nestle USA said on Tuesday that it will remove artificial flavors and colors from all of its Nestle chocolate candy by the end of the year. The articial colors to be removed include those certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including Yellow 5 and Red 40. The brands affected, which include Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Raisinets, Goobers, Sno Caps, and 100 Grand, will begin appearing on shelves in mid-2015. Switzerland-based Nestle said all newly-launched candy products, such as gummies and sours, will be made without artifical colors or flavors. "When making these changes to more than 75 recipes, maintaining the great taste and appearance consumers expect from the chocolate brands they know and love is our #1 priority," said Leslie Mohr, nutrition, health and wellness manager, Nestl� Confections & Snacks. "We conducted consumer testing to ensure the new recipe delivers on our high standards for taste and appearance." Nestle's U.S.-listed shares have gained 1.9% over the past three years, while the S&P 500 has advanced 2.7%.
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