According to internal corporate records obtained by the Financial Times, more than 60% of Nestlé’s classic packaged consumer food and beverage items fail to fulfill an internationally recognized health standard.
“No matter how much we renovate, certain of our categories and products will never be ‘healthy,'” the business claimed in a presentation seen by top officials at the world’s largest food group.
In September, CEO Mark Schneider told Bloomberg that the company is continuing to invest in making its products healthier, but that “confectionary and chocolate satisfy a basic human need and are going to be here to stay.”
The Access to Nutrition Foundation, for example, uses the Australian health star rating system, which assigns a five-star grade to items and is used by international academics. To be considered healthy, a product must receive at least 3.5 stars.
The health star system is one example of a metric that “allows customers to make well-informed decisions They don’t, however, catch everything “Insider received a statement from a corporate spokeswoman. “These systems only cover around half of our sales. This includes newborn nourishment, specialty health products, and pet food, all of which adhere to strict nutritional guidelines.”
“A balanced diet, we feel, entails striking a balance between well-being and enjoyment. This includes setting aside some time for decadent foods, which should be taken in moderation “the spokeswoman
The statistics of some of the most unhealthy items created and sold by Nestlé-owned companies were emphasized in the presentation.
A serving of Hot Pockets pepperoni pizza contains 48 percent of the recommended salt intake, followed by 40 percent in DiGiorno’s three meat croissant crust pizza. Nestlé also sells an orange-flavored San Pellegrino drink with 7.1g of sugar per 100ml and Nesquik’s strawberry-flavored milk powder with 14g of sugar in a 14g serving balanced saltiness and sweetness.