NEW DELHI: Swiss packaged food and beverage company Nestlé said it was working on a company-wide project to update its nutrition and health strategy after a Financial Times article revealed that more than 60% of the company’s traditional food and beverage portfolio has failed to meet recognized health and nutrition standards, putting the world’s largest packaged food company under fire from critics.
In a presentation that was broadcast among Nestlé’s top employees this year and seen by the Financial Times, the report states: “Nestlé, has recognized that more than 60% of its traditional food and drink products do not meet a ‘definition. recognized ‘and that’ some of our categories and products will never be ‘healthy’ no matter how much we renovate. “
He added that 70% of Nestlé products in its food and beverage portfolio did not meet a rating threshold derived from Australia’s health star rating system.
In a statement released globally, the spokesperson for the Swiss company said the company is reviewing its entire portfolio to ensure its products are helping consumers of all age groups meet their nutritional needs and to support a balanced diet.
“For example, we have dramatically reduced the sugars and sodium in our products over the past two decades, by about 14-15% in the past 7 years alone. In recent years, we have launched thousands of products for children and families that meet external needs. nutritional criteria. We have also distributed billions of doses of micronutrients through our affordable and nutritious products. As we review our future nutrition strategy, we focus first on assessing the portion of our food and beverage portfolio that can be measured against external nutrition profiling systems, ”said the holder. word of the company in a press release.
Information seen by the Financial Times excluded the company’s infant formula, pet food, coffee, and health sciences division.
The company said that while systems like the Health Star Rating and Nutri-Score are helpful and allow consumers to make informed choices, “they don’t get it all.”
“About half of our sales are not covered by these systems. This includes categories such as infant nutrition, specialty health products, and pet foods, which meet regulated nutritional standards. We believe that healthy eating means finding a balance between well-being and pleasure. This includes having some space for indulgent foods, eaten in moderation, “the statement said.
The spokesperson for the company’s Indian business, where it sells brands such as Maggi noodles and Munch chocolates, said it is constantly working to increase the nutritional profile of its products, as well as innovate with new nutritional offers.
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