[23 May/Food Navigator]

Nestle has been ranked top for addressing obesity and malnutrition in its food products in a new survey. While many firms stepped up their efforts, a disappointing number still had too many unhealthy products in their portfolios according to the Access and Nutrition Index. The index ranked the top 22 biggest food and beverage companies worldwide on their nutrition-related policies, formulation and delivery of affordable and appropriate products, and positive influence on consumer choice and behaviour. Nestle ranked top with a score of 6.8. The index aimed to track the ways food and beverage manufacturers addressed global nutrition challenges. This year saw the introduction of a product profile which measured the healthiness of product ranges across nine markets. Advocacy Lead at Nestle, Cecile Dupez-Naudy, said the index was important in showing the food and beverages industry encouraged a race to the top.