INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOUR
Our stevia leaf extract comes from a plant and is a low calorie substitute for sugar.
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 flavour 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 flavours 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 a dietary antioxidant.
We add a variety of B vitamins to V8 +Energy® beverages because of their recognized role in supporting energy metabolism.
We chose packaging for our V8® drinks which is both appealing and environmentally-friendly.
We make 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 beverage and the metal. This keeps the beverage safe and preserves its nutritional value. Currently, our lining for our V8® canned beverages contains a substance called bisphenol A or BPA.
We are currently transitioning 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.
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.