Nestlé, which makes Maggi noodles in an internal document admitted more than 60% of its food and drinks products are unhealthy. That means Nestlé failed to meet the “recognised definition of health”.

The Global Giant Nestlé

  • Time and again is given the benefit of doubt for its products. The world’s biggest food company also admitted that some of its food products will “never be healthy no matter how much we renovate ”.
  • Nestlé added, “our portfolio still underperforms against external definitions of health in a landscape where regulatory pressure and consumer demands are skyrocketing.”
UK based Financial Times (FT)
  • Reported on an internal document showing that most of its food and drinks were unhealthy. Nestlé said it’s working on a “company-wide project” to update its nutrition and health strategy.
  • The presentation circulated among top executives in early 2021 said “that only 37% of it’s products achieved a recognised definition of health”. Though this does not include products like pet food, baby food and specialized medical nutrition.
  • The FT also quoted an unnamed person familiar with the situation. The paper suggested the company might drop products pushing down its health ratings such as confectionery items.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé’s chief executive, has acknowledged consumers want a healthier diet. Although rejected claims that “processed” foods including those made by Nestlé and other multinationals tend to be unhealthy. 

Nestlé justified saying
  • “In recent years, we have launched thousands of products for kids and families that meet external nutrition yardsticks.
  • We have also distributed billions of micronutrient doses via our affordable and nutritious products.”
  • It added: “We believe that a healthy diet means finding a balance between wellbeing and enjoyment. This includes having some space for indulgent foods, consumed in moderation”.

Some products perceived as healthy, such as plant-based meat alternatives, are areas of strong growth for foodmakers. Nestlé has sold some of its divisions that produced less healthy products. Such as a 60 per cent stake in the Herta charcuterie arm in 2019.


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