Nutrition




"I run a nutrition programme for the mothers of this pre-school. We address the nutritional requirements of the consumers through products such as Nespray Everyday, which is fortified with vitamin A and aimed at low-income families. We aim to give them a better understanding about nutrition, and to address a main nutritional deficiency in Sri Lanka – vitamin A."
Nadeesha Chandrasekera, Consumer Services Manager, NLPLC


"I am really happy that I had the opportunity to participate in this nutrition programme at my child’s pre-school. The information we received on general nutrition and its impact on our growing families is very important. It is a good thing for all of us that Nestlé came here to conduct this programme, advising us on how we may provide healthy nutrition to our children. Today, even I was educated in my daughter’s school."
Vasanthi Pathiraja (pictured with her daughter Vasitha)

Context

As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, with total Group sales of CHF 109 722 million, we believe that the future of our Company lies in helping people to eat a healthier diet, whether the problem is deficiency in vitamins and minerals at one end of the spectrum, or obesity at the other. These global challenges influence our initiatives to bring nutrition solutions to all segments of society. Key challenges include how to address those at the base of the income pyramid.

Our goals

Our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy, developed over 140 years, is based on our assessment that nutritional awareness and the desire for improved health and wellness will increasingly drive consumer choice. Using science-based solutions, we seek to improve quality of life through food and diet, contributing to the health and wellbeing of consumers, including those with specific nutritional needs and those at the “base of the income pyramid” through products with higher nutritional value at lower prices. We also aim to generate greater awareness, knowledge and understanding among consumers through clear, responsible communication. To help guide Nestlé strategy in nutrition, the Nestlé Nutrition Council – a council of internationally recognised experts, chaired by Executive Vice President Werner Bauer – meets regularly with Nestlé management to consider key topics in nutrition relevant to Nestlé business interests.

Our actions

We invest in continuous development and improvement in the nutrition profile of products in all categories and in the strengthening of our recipe database management for finer nutrition analysis and tracking. We continue to reduce the salt, sugar, trans fatty acid, saturated fat and artificial colourings they contain, adding more nutritious ingredients and beneficial micronutrients, providing appropriate portion guidance, and making nutritious, high-quality food affordable and available to lower-income consumers. We also ensure we sell and market infant formula responsibly, strictly following the World Health Organization (WHO) Code in developing countries. We advertise healthier products to children and have introduced new procedures and approval processes to regulate the Nutrition, Health and Wellness, environmental and sustainability claims of our brands.

Our performance

We continue to innovate and renovate products for nutrition or health considerations, in line with our own profiling criteria and reduction policies, and extended nutrition-based labelling on our product packaging. We increased employee training on nutritional knowledge and improved training of infant formula marketing staff. We also increased sales of our Popularly Positioned Products (PPPs) for lower-income consumers.

CSV summary:

  • Value for Nestlé: deeper understanding of nutrition and health issues as well as fruitful collaborations with various stakeholders, both informing our innovation and renovation efforts, brand awareness and recognition; consumer loyalty; long-term enhanced growth, market share and profitability.
  • Value for society: greater access to safe, high-quality, responsibly produced, nutritious food; greater knowledge of health issues, better understanding of how to use Nestlé products as part of a healthy and enjoyable diet.