Access to Nutrition Index 2018

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 saw the launch of the third Global Access to Nutrition Index  (ATNI), the Access to Nutrition Foundation’s comprehensive ranking of the world’s 22 largest food and beverage companies on their contributions to addressing global nutrition challenges. The Index independently measures companies on a range of areas to assess whether manufacturers are being responsible and improving nutrition in the way they make, sell and market their products.

The scale of the challenge of fighting malnutrition is enormous. Globally, 1 in 3 people are either overweight or undernourished. At the same time, the largest international food and beverage companies hold a unique position in reaching and influencing the diets of millions of people across the world. Their economic and societal influence is vast; the companies included in the 2018 ATNI report generate an estimated $500 billion in combined annual sales in over 200 countries. It is hoped that the findings will encourage companies to increase access and affordability of healthy products and also responsibly exercise their ever-increasing influence on consumers’ choice and behaviour.

Overall, the ATNI 2018 results are positive – the average score has gone up, demonstrating that the world’s biggest food and beverage companies have stepped up their efforts to encourage better diets, largely through adopting nutrition-specific policies and better nutrition labelling on their products. Some companies have also increased efforts to address undernutrition, including the fortification of foods and support to education programmes.

Despite this, most companies are still doing far too little to ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthier diets. For example, of more than 23,000 products sold in nine countries, the Index found that less than a third are classified as healthy. Companies need to do much more to set transparent nutrition targets, improve the healthiness of their product ranges and develop commercial and marketing strategies to tackle under and over-nutrition. The gaps indicated by ATNI 2018 should highlight to companies areas where they can continue to improve and make changes that contribute to the fight against the double burden of malnutrition.

To read the report in full, visit: Access to Nutrition Index 2018

Access to Nutrition Index 2018

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 saw the launch of the third Global Access to Nutrition Index  (ATNI), the Access to Nutrition Foundation’s comprehensive ranking of the world’s 22 largest food and beverage companies on their contributions to addressing global nutrition challenges. The Index independently measures companies on a range of areas to assess whether manufacturers are being responsible and improving nutrition in the way they make, sell and market their products.

The scale of the challenge of fighting malnutrition is enormous. Globally, 1 in 3 people are either overweight or undernourished. At the same time, the largest international food and beverage companies hold a unique position in reaching and influencing the diets of millions of people across the world. Their economic and societal influence is vast; the companies included in the 2018 ATNI report generate an estimated $500 billion in combined annual sales in over 200 countries. It is hoped that the findings will encourage companies to increase access and affordability of healthy products and also responsibly exercise their ever-increasing influence on consumers’ choice and behaviour.

Overall, the ATNI 2018 results are positive – the average score has gone up, demonstrating that the world’s biggest food and beverage companies have stepped up their efforts to encourage better diets, largely through adopting nutrition-specific policies and better nutrition labelling on their products. Some companies have also increased efforts to address undernutrition, including the fortification of foods and support to education programmes.

Despite this, most companies are still doing far too little to ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthier diets. For example, of more than 23,000 products sold in nine countries, the Index found that less than a third are classified as healthy. Companies need to do much more to set transparent nutrition targets, improve the healthiness of their product ranges and develop commercial and marketing strategies to tackle under and over-nutrition. The gaps indicated by ATNI 2018 should highlight to companies areas where they can continue to improve and make changes that contribute to the fight against the double burden of malnutrition.

To read the report in full, visit: Access to Nutrition Index 2018

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