Half of Nestlé’s traditional packaged food portfolio is NOT ‘Healthy’
Some of our favourite foods are from Nestlé and in an internal company document, it was revealed that half of Nestlé’s traditional packaged products are not healthy. More than half of their portfolio of food and beverage products do not meet internationally recognized health standards.
“Some of our categories and products will never be ‘healthy’ no matter how much we renovate,” the company said in a presentation seen by top executives at the world’s largest food conglomerate.
According to reports, only 37% of Nestlé’s food and beverages excluding products such as pet food and specialised medical nutrition, have a rating above 3.5 under Australia’s health star rating system. The defintion of healthy comes from an Australian health star rating system. Within its overall portfolio, about 70% of Nestlé’s food products failed to meet that threshold, along with 96% of beverages and 99% of Nestlé’s confectionery and ice cream portfolio. However, water and dairy products had a better score.
“We have made significant improvements to our products … [but] our portfolio still underperforms against external definitions of health in a landscape where regulatory pressure and consumer demands are skyrocketing,” the presentation said.
However, Nestlé Is Working on Updating its Health Strategy
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,” Nestle said after the report.