June 1, 2021 08:03 PM
Nestle’s ‘unhealthy’ food portfolio controversy, the world’s largest packaged food and beverages company, has been facing criticism after an internal presentation indicated that a majority of its mainstream food and drinks portfolio is unhealthy. The company is now in damage control mode and said that it will work on updating its nutrition and health strategy.
An internal document accessed by the Financial Times newspaper described a large portion of Nestle’s food and drinks as unhealthy. The document was an internal presentation circulated among the company’s top executives early in 2021.
It indicated that more than 60 per cent of Nestle’s mainstream food and drinks portfolio could not be considered healthy under a “recognised definition of health”.
The company also revealed in the internal document that some of its categories will “never be healthy”. “Some of our categories and products will never be ‘healthy’ no matter how much we renovate,” said the Nestle internal presentation.
Nestle’s ‘unhealthy’ food portfolio controversy, The document further highlighted that the assessment applied to about half of Nestle’s overall portfolio as categories like medical nutrition, pet food, coffee and infant formula were excluded from the analysis.
Out of the food and beverage assessed, 37 per cent achieved a rating over 3.5 under Australia’s health star rating system. The system scores food out of five stars and is used in research by international groups such as the Access to Nutrition Foundation.