Nestle, the major food-producing company, admitted it’s 60 % of food items do not meet the “recognized definition of health.” The major products of Nestle are KitKat, Maggi noodles and Nescafe coffee, etc.
Nestle SA spokesperson said Nestle is working on a company-wide project to update its nutrition and health strategy. The company is looking at all its drinks and food items to the requirement.
Nestle food and beverages items got a 3.5 rating from Australia’s health star rating system. About 70 % of the food items failed to reach the threshold, 96% of beverages and 99% of Nestle confectionery and ice cream portfolio excluding pure coffee was unable to meet the requirement.
According to the report by Financial Times, Nestle acknowledged in an internal document that more than 60 percent of its major product do not meet a recognized definition of health. They further admitted that some of their product would never be healthy how which they try to renovate them.
“The world’s largest food company, Nestlé, has acknowledged that more than 60 percent of its mainstream food and drinks products do not meet a ‘recognized definition of health’ and that ‘some of our categories and products will never be healthy’ no matter how much we renovate“, the Financial Times report said quoting a Nestle document.
“We are looking at our entire portfolio across the different phases of people’s lives to ensure our products are helping meet their nutritional needs and supporting a balanced diet,” he said.
For example, Nestle has significantly reduced the sugar and sodium content in its products in the past two decades, about 14-15 percentpercent in the past 7 years alone. “In recent years, we have launched thousands of products for kids and families that meet external nutrition yardsticks,” he said.
Nestle believes that a healthy diet means finding a balance between well-being and enjoyment.
“This includes having some space for indulgent foods consumed in moderation. Our direction of travel has not changed and is clear: we will continue to make our portfolio tastier and healthier,” it said
Spokesperson of nestle for India said, “Nestlé India believes that nutrition is a fundamental need and the food industry has a vital role to play in enabling healthier lives. Driven by our purpose, we are constantly striving to increase the nutrient profile of our products, as well as innovate with new and nutritious offerings.”
Nestle presently operates eight units in India and reported sales of Rupees 13.290 crore last year.