Swiss multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has admitted that more than 60% of its major products are unhealthy. And some of them never will.
In a presentation between the executives of the company to which the British newspaper had access financial timeit has just been revealed 37% of Nestlé food and beverages, excluding products such as pet food and specialty medical nutrition, have a rating above 3.5, according to the Australian Health Star System.
This system classifies foods as five stars and is used in research by international groups. Nestlé describes the 3.5-star threshold as “a recognized definition of health”.
Within its global food and beverage portfolio, Around 70% of Nestlé food products do not meet this limit, according to a presentation obtained by the Financial Times, with 96% of drinks – except for pure coffee – and 99% of the portfolio of sweet and frozen products.
Water and dairy products performed better: 82% of water and 60% of dairy products have reached the threshold.
“We have made major improvements to our products, but Our portfolio falls short of external definitions of health In a panoramic landscape of increasing regulatory pressure and consumer demands.
Data does not include infant formula, pet food, coffee, and Department of Health Sciences, which makes food for people with certain medical conditions. This means that they represent around half of Nestlé’s total annual turnover, which amounts to 92.6 billion Swiss francs ($ 102 billion).
The results are known at a time when food producers are faced with a Global push to fight obesity and promote healthy eating. Nestlé Executives Explore New Nutrition Commitments, according to the Financial Times.
The company is also updating its internal nutritional standards, known as Nestlé Food Company, which was introduced under the tenure of the former CEO, Peter Brabeck Litmath, who appointed Nestlé a “Nutrition, Health and Well-being Company”.
One option could be to drop those standards or substitute them for products considered candy, according to a person familiar with the matter who had access to the Financial Times.
CEO of Nestlé, Marc Schneider, admit that consumers want healthy food, but He refused that “processed” foods, including those made by his company, were harmful to healthAccording to the British newspaper.