Nestlé takes top spot in first US Access to Nutrition Index

Nestlé has ranked highest in the first-ever US-focused Access to Nutrition Index, which evaluates the policies, practices and product portfolios of ten food and beverage companies.

This follows the release of the global index earlier this year, in which Nestlé also placed first.

Nestlé’s performance in the global and US indices shows its contribution to tackling the pressing challenges of obesity and undernutrition globally and in the US.

The index highlights Nestlé’s continuous improvement of its product portfolio through reformulating its foods, acquiring brands that delight consumers and reflect their evolving approach to wellness, and delivering and promoting healthy hydration.

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It also notes that Nestlé has an industry-leading Parent Support Policy that provides generous paid parental leave.

Nestlé vice president for nutrition health and wellness, Wendy Johnson, said the company is proud that Access to Nutrition Index recognises its progress meet nutrition commitments, to transparently communicate with consumers, and to support the wellness of its employees.

“As a business, our growth strategy is driven by a deep focus on how consumers are evolving, which makes our focus on nutrition and wellness ever more relevant.

“We will conduct a full review of [Access to Nutrition Index’s] assessment of our US practices to determine areas where we can further evolve and strengthen our approach,” said Johnson.

Nestlé is working to meet consumers’ needs across a diverse product portfolio – for every part of the day and every stage of life.

It is working to improve the profile of its products, promote healthy hydration and healthy lifestyles.

The company demonstrates its commitment to nutrition and health through initiatives like Nestlé for Healthier Kids, with a global goal of helping 50 million children worldwide live healthier lives by 2030.

In the US, Nestlé supports this initiative by helping to provide nutrition education for parents of young children through its Start Healthy, Stay Healthy program, which focuses on the first 1,000 days.

The United States is Nestlé S.A.’s largest market with combined product sales in the United States totaling more than $27 billion in 2017.