Nutrition, health and wellness

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El Plato más Rico del Perú by Nestlé Peru helps parents and caregivers prepare balanced meals with the right portions for children.

Nestlé is the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company, selling more than 1 billion servings each day. Inspired by the scientific breakthrough of our founder Henri Nestlé, guided by our values and with nutrition at our core, we work alongside partners to offer individuals and families products, services and knowledge that enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.

Our strategy

Our industry-leading research and development drives innovation and supports the ongoing renovation of our foods and beverages to ensure we provide nutritious and delicious options. We inspire people to live healthy, active lives through global education programmes, awareness campaigns, clear nutritional advice and portion guidance. And our researchers explore the adequacy of current diets and the role of nutritional therapies, so that we can help this generation and the next experience better health throughout their lives.

By sharing our insights on global health and nutrition challenges, and engaging with policy-makers, stakeholders and key opinion leaders, we foster a dynamic exchange of ideas and solutions that could positively impact millions of individuals and families.

Offering tastier and healthier choices

Achieving nutritional balance remains a significant global challenge: millions of people lack access to the right nutrition, while millions more over-consume foods and beverages that are high in key nutrients of concern, such as sugar, salt and fat. Addressing this double burden of under- and overnutrition, as well as encouraging healthy diets, requires concerted collective action from governments, public health authorities, industry and civil society.

Our approach

To contribute to food and nutrition security, and tackle global public health issues, we focus our research activities on understanding consumer habits, and seek to deliver tastier, healthier choices compared to others on the market. We continually work to reduce the levels of salt, sugar and saturated fats in our foods and beverages, to add more vegetables, whole grains and fibre, and to fortify them with micronutrients where they are deficient in the local population.

Collective action

To expand our fortified products portfolio and benefit rural farming communities, we are working on developing biofortified crops and launching biofortified products in key markets. We work with HarvestPlus and agricultural research institutes to establish supply chains for biofortified crops in several countries, replacing common varieties of staple crops with nutrient-rich alternatives that will improve access to nutrition.

Our commitments

Inspiring people to lead healthier lives

Nestlé works with partners to promote balanced diets and regular physical activity, giving individuals the support they need to live healthier lives. In our efforts to nurture a healthy generation, we focus on maternal and infant health during the first 1000 days, and on supporting individuals and families throughout life.

Our approach

We believe we have a responsibility to help improve the health of individuals and families from conception to old age, and to improve access to nutrition to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Our efforts to nurture a healthy generation focus on maternal and infant health during the first 1000 days, which are crucial when it comes to forming dietary habits later in life, and on supporting individuals and families throughout life. We work to promote improved nutrition and active lifestyles through portion guidance, on-pack nutritional information, healthy hydration messaging and programmes to encourage physical exercise.

Collective action

As part of our global commitment to foster healthy behaviours in children, we established the United for Healthier Kids® initiative. Through private and public partnerships, this science-based programme uses mass media, social media and integrated social marketing to provide parents of children under 12 with new tools to inspire and enable behaviour change. In the last year, we have reached more than 170 million parents and we are currently collaborating with 50 partners in 10 countries. After successful pilots in Mexico and the Philippines, United for Healthier Kids® has since expanded to Panama, Brazil, the Middle East, Egypt, Thailand, Pakistan, Guatemala and Ecuador.

Our commitments

Building, sharing and applying science

Food and beverage companies can support public health by investing in both individual and population-based scientific research. Partnerships and collaborations allow us to contribute to the development of measurable strategies and meaningful initiatives designed to close nutrition gaps and address public health challenges.

Our approach

By building and sharing a deeper understanding of dietary patterns around the world, we can adjust our product offer and empower consumers to make healthier choices throughout their lives. We aim to use our nutrition knowledge and research findings to make a positive contribution to society; at all life stages, from conception to old age; and across all levels of health and wellbeing. We have built one of the world’s largest R&D capabilities in our industry, which works to share understanding, improve our foods and beverages, and address key public health and nutrition challenges.

Collective action

The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) has begun a research collaboration with the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC) to harness the combined power of nutrition science and digital sensor technologies. Together, we are creating a single, connected digital health platform that will provide individuals and families with personalised recommendations around nutrition, lifestyle and fitness. The first pilots are scheduled to begin in early 2017.

Our commitments

* Indicates commitments aimed at infants and children