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Nestlé ranked first in the Global Access to Nutrition Index 2021

Call for the food industry to urgently address nutrition gap in the COVID-19 era

Nestlé ranked first in the Global Access to Nutrition Index 2021 by achieving 6.7 out of 10 score, as released by the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) today.

The Index assesses, after every three years, the world’s largest global food and beverage manufactures and the contributions to addressing malnutrition. Nestlé also ranked number one position from the last Global Access to Nutrition Index 2018.

According to ATNI, Nestlé demonstrated the most comprehensive nutrition strategies, management systems and reporting among the companies assessed. The report commended Nestlé as one of three companies that have conducted a strategic review in the last three years on commercial opportunities available to address the specific needs of people experiencing, or at high risk of, any form of malnutrition.

When it came to accessibility and affordability of healthy products, Nestlé was one of the companies that had the most comprehensive approaches to pricing and distribution, including products designed to address micronutrient deficiencies.

“We are pleased to be recognised as one of the leaders in health and nutrition who are addressing the pressing issues of malnutrition. As Nestlé, particularly in our East and Southern Africa region where we are still experiencing triple burden of challenges: obesity, micronutrient deficiencies and undernutrition; we will continue to leverage our industry- leading innovations to promote health and wellness through our food portfolio,” says Saint- Francis Tohlang, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director at Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

In the labelling category, Nestlé’s was commended for being the only company that continues to use nutrition and health labelling and claims in countries where local or national regulations are less strict than the Codex Alimentarius Guidelines.

“The recognition of Nestlé’s labelling as one of the best practices shows our commitment to demonstrate to consumers what’s in our products and provide guidance on the ideal serving size. By using Guideline Daily Amounts and our unique Nestlé Nutritional Compass tool, consumers have access to accurate nutritional information,” added Tohlang.




Zweli Mnisi, Corporate Spokesperson
Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region
Tel: 082 312 8940
Email: [email protected]

Issued by Weber Shandwick on behalf of Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region

Name Londiwe Mbokazi
Tel: 078 838 9735
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About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 187 countries around the world, and its 291,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality for everyone, today and for generations to come. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2,000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favorites like Ricoffy. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

About Access to Nutrition Initiative:

ATNI is an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2013. It published independent, comprehensive analysis and commentary on companies’ efforts to improve consumers’ access to nutritious foods and beverages, both globally and within specific markets. Assessing producers of breast-milk substitutes and complementary foods is an integral part of ATNI’s work. In the course of its research, ATNI collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including the investment community, to ensure that its Indexes and reports are a useful tool as they engage with and invest in companies.