Nutritional profiling system

Location: Global

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Nutritional profiling system
Nutrition profiling:Nestlé makes and sells a wide range of products around the world.

Nestlé produces and sells a wide range of products around the world, and needs a rigorous system of analysing various nutritional profiles.

As yet, there is no universal nutritional profiling system, so Nestlé developed its own.

Programme description

Each food or beverage type is measured against its own set of criteria, which are regularly updated in line with public health recommendations issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) an American non-profit, non-governmental organization.

These criteria include:

  • The product category’s role in a balanced, healthy diet
  • Health-sensitive factors, such as calories, sodium and sugar, and positive nutritional aspects, such as added dietary fibre
  • Maximum or minimum thresholds where consumption may be excessive (fat content in biscuits) or where nutritional factors tend to be insufficient (e.g., calcium)
  • Individual serving size, taking life stage, lifestyle, and method of preparation and consumption into account

The Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System criteria apply to all Nestlé product categories, apart from highly regulated categories such as infant formulas, specific areas such as healthcare and performance nutrition, and products developed by joint ventures, where other approaches and reference values apply.

More information on how we apply nutritional profiling to our product innovation and renovation process can be found in 60/40+: making nutrition the preferred choice.

Value to Society

By meeting our nutritional profiling criteria, products are deemed to have met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation® and can be considered an appropriate choice within a healthy balanced diet. Conversely, other products would require balancing with other choices if eaten frequently; for instance, using bouillon cubes would require moderation with other sources of salt.

Value to Nestlé

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