Inspired by our founder, Henri Nestlé, and with nutrition at our core, we work closely with partners to offer foods and beverages that enable healthier and happier lives. We have set commitments and objectives to make our portfolio even healthier and tastier, inspire consumers to lead healthier lives, and develop and share our understanding of the connection between nutrition and health.
Our 2030 ambition: Help 50 million children to lead healthier lives
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company, with the widest portfolio. Our work to improve the nutritional profile of our products, promote healthy lifestyles, and conduct research is helping us pave a path toward improved health. Here are some of the ways we continued to help shape healthy diets and lifestyles and improve overall wellness in the U.S.
Nutrition is the area of greatest intersection between Nestlé’s business and society, where we can help tackle the global public health issues of over‑ and under-nutrition. It is important that consumers have tasty, convenient options containing the nutrients they need, so that they can maintain a healthy diet.
We are launching more nutritious foods and beverages, simplifying ingredient lists and removing artificial colors, while adding micronutrients where they are deficient in the local population. We have also reinforced our commitment to further reduce sodium by an average of 10% by the end of 2020, in support of the WHO recommended intake levels.
- 100% of children’s products meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation (NF) criteria for children, representing an appropriate choice within a balanced diet
- More than 1,830 products reformulated to consider nutrition or consumer preference, including reduced sodium, sugar, trans fat, artificial colors and flavors, and increased essential nutrients
We want to be a trusted leader with deep respect for individuals and families, helping them reach and maintain optimal nutrition, hydration and health both today and throughout their lives. We work with partners to promote balanced diets, healthy cooking and hydration, and regular physical activity. We encourage people to lead healthier lives by providing nutritional information and portion guidance, and through responsible marketing.
For example, getting children to eat vegetables can be particularly challenging. Here in the U.S., vegetable consumption is below recommended levels, so we added vegetables to our Lil’ Pastas whole grain pasta dough filling and sauces to achieve a significant quantity with delicious and subtle taste.
- 95% of our Nestlé USA products deliver portion guidance
- 100% of applicable products have Facts Up Front labels
Our scientists examine the link between nutrition and health across generations. From maternal and children’s health to healthy aging, we adopt a holistic approach. It focuses on nutrition and physical activity and their combined impact on metabolic health. We use our findings to improve our own foods and beverages. For example, Our Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) is the largest dietary intake study of its kind which examines the eating habits of infants and children. The study found that 30% of older infants and toddlers eat very few or no vegetables each day. As a result of our research, in 2017 we launched Gerber Grabbers Strong Veggies Squeezable Puree, a nutritious snack providing one serving of vegetable (the first ingredient) and three‑quarters of a serving of fruit.
- $1.8 billion invested in nutrition research and development worldwide
- Nestlé Purina is working to help pets live longer, healthier lives by pushing nutrition forward in the areas of healthy aging, healthy metabolism, oral and digestive health, and early development of kittens and puppies