Nestlé supports EU nutrition policy

24 Jun 2016

Nestlé has announced that it supported the Dutch EU Presidency efforts to develop an EU-wide nutrition policy to motivate industry to invest in healthier products.

Nestlé supports EU nutrition policy

Nestlé has announced that it supported the Dutch EU Presidency efforts to develop an EU-wide nutrition policy to motivate industry to invest in healthier products.

“Today, we have 28 different national solutions to the same problem,” said Luis Cantarell, Nestlé Executive Vice President for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. “Replacing this by one strong, long-term EU policy framework will create a level playing field and encourage competition, to drive innovation in nutrition.”

Cantarell was speaking at an event to mark Nestlé’s 150th anniversary in Brussels, which has drawn more than 300 personalities from EU politics and civil society to discuss food, sustainability and the future of nutrition, as well as Nestlé’s commitments to society

He also stressed that the industry needed to act now, not wait for regulatory changes.

“When up to 30% of the EU population is obese, we have a problem and we should do more.” he said.

Over the last two years, Nestlé notes that it has removed 8,600 tonnes of sugar from its food and beverage portfolio, as well as 260 tonnes of sodium and 440 tonnes of saturated fat. The company said it will announce new nutrition and health commitments in coming months. In addition to renovating its existing food and beverage portfolio, Nestlé said it is currently researching how genetic and other individual factors define how nutrition works best for you.

“The next generation of nutrition is science-based and personalised and can play a key role in management and prevention of diseases,” Cantarell said.