Based on an internal presentation circulated by senior executives at the beginning of the year, Prof. Only 37% of Nestlé products scored higher than 3.5 In the Australian Health Assessment System (this does not include pet food and some special foods). The system ranks individual foods and nutritional products on a scale of 1 to 5, and the results are used by many companies internationally.
The Nestlé product range also includes foods such as KitKat, Nescafé, Maggi, Nesquick, Balaton, Smarties, Boci, Cini Minis and Lion.
Nestlé describes the aforementioned score of 3.5 in this internal document as the minimum definition of health. However, about 70% of its food and beverage portfolio does not reach this limit, including 96% of beverages (excluding pure coffee) and 99% of desserts and ice cream products. Water and dairy products got better results, with 82% of Nestlé water and 60% of dairy products reaching a threshold of 3.5.
a Financial times The presentation that the company got indicates that although the company has made major improvements to its products, its portfolio is still not reaching the level considered healthy in an environment where regulatory and consumer expectations have already been raised.
However, the article also notes that the products tested do not include Nestlé baby food, pet food, coffee, and special foods for people with certain health problems. This means that about half of Nestlé’s annual revenue is affected by the leaked data.
Knowing that company executives are already thinking of new directions in which they can promote healthy eating could come with plans later this year. At the same time, they assert, Nestlé has also been working to make its products healthier in recent years, for example by reducing sugar and salt. Another problem is that Nestlé scientists have experimented for years on how to reduce the salt and sugar content in products without significantly changing the taste, but this is not an easy task, the newspaper writes.
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