How they com­pare?

The Guardian - - NEWS -

Five coun­tries – Slove­nia, Hun­gary, Bul­garia, Slo­vakia and the Czech Re­pub­lic – have car­ried out ex­ten­sive com­par­a­tive tests in re­cent months. This is a se­lec­tion of their find­ings:

Slove­nia v Aus­tria Coca-Cola Re­sult: Found fructo-gluco syrup and 11.2g of sugar in bot­tle of Coke in Slove­nia, com­pared to 10.6g of sugar in Aus­tria.

Re­sponse: “We oc­ca­sion­ally slightly adapt our bev­er­ages to meet lo­cal con­sumer tastes and pref­er­ences, to source lo­cal in­gre­di­ents or to fol­low lo­cal reg­u­la­tion. Our com­mit­ment to serv­ing bev­er­ages that are high qual­ity, af­ford­able and taste great is un­wa­ver­ing.”

Spar own-brand straw­berry yo­ghurt Re­sult: Tests found 40% less straw­berry in prod­uct sold in Slove­nia. Re­sponse: “The tastes and con­sumer wishes are dif­fer­ent in each coun­try and we try to ful­fil con­sumer wishes.”

Milka choco­late

Re­sult: No no­table dif­fer­ences found in lab­o­ra­tory tests, although an ad­di­tional ad­di­tive was found in bars sold in Slove­nia. Sen­sory tests sug­gested bars sold in Slove­nia were darker, less in­tense, sweet and creamy.

Re­sponse: The com­pany de­nies there are any dif­fer­ences in its bars.

Hun­gary v Aus­tria Cor­netto ice cream

Re­sult: The two prod­ucts are sold un­der dif­fer­ent names, but pack­ag­ing is sim­i­lar. In Aus­tria it was found to be made with sun­flower oil, in Hun­gary it con­tained palm oil. Aus­trian prod­uct’s wafers were found to be crispier and the ice cream more yel­low.

Re­sponse: Unilever said the two Cor­net­tos were dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, adding: “Prod­ucts that are mar­keted un­der sim­i­lar brand names but with dif­fer­ent ap­pear­ances and as dif­fer­ent sub-brands may show some vari­ance; how­ever these are dif­fer­ences of com­po­si­tion and in­gre­di­ent pro­file, not of qual­ity.”

Slo­vakia v Aus­tria Birds Eye fish fin­gers (sold as Iglo in Europe)

Re­sult: Tests found 58% con­tent of fish meat in prod­uct in Slo­vakia, com­pared with 65% in Aus­tria.

Re­sponse: Com­pany said its recipes for fish fin­gers were adapted to lo­cal tastes but they were all made in Ger­many, in­clud­ing those sold in the UK. Daniel Bof­fey

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