Nestlé has maintained the number one position in a ranking of food and beverage manufacturers on making healthy food affordable and accessible to consumers. The Access To Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) Global Index assesses the 25 largest food and beverage manufacturers in the world on their nutrition-related policies, practices and performance. Nestlé’s top position is recognition of its longstanding commitment to nutrition and health as well as its engagement to help tackle the global challenges of obesity and undernutrition.
Since the last edition in 2018, the company has substantially improved its score in terms of nutritional quality of its portfolio, driven in part by higher consumer demand for healthier products. In its analysis, ATNI took into consideration products from the categories of bottled water, breakfast cereals, sweets, semi-prepared food, pasta and noodles, RTD (ready-to-drink) coffee, sauces and soups, bars and food bases.
ATNI also recognized Nestlé’s strong governance and nutrition strategy. Some highlights include:
- Nestlé’s commitment to make nutritious food available to people at all income levels. That includes fortification with vitamins and minerals to address nutritional deficiencies.
- A well-structured strategy on obesity and diet-related chronic diseases aligned with international guidelines, such as the WHOrecommendations on sodium and sugar intake.
- A strong policy on responsible marketing to children.
- Support for government efforts to combat all forms of malnutrition.
- Transparent reporting against the UNSustainable Development Goals.
Rob Cameron, Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé, says: “People around the world are struggling to access nutritious and affordable food. Our goal is to offer food and beverages that are good for people and the planet. We are proud of the recognition by ATNI and take this as encouragement to continue our work to improve nutrition and health. Businesses have a crucial role to play in tackling global nutrition challenges.”