Companies reformulated 84,000 products in 2015

28 January 2016

Food and beverage companies around the world are reformulating more products to make them healthier and working with more schools to deliver healthy eating and physical activity than ever before.

Consumer Goods Forum’s update shows that in 2015, companies reformulated a massive 84,000 products to make them healthier, compared with 22,500 the year before. Companies also reported partnering with 484,000 schools to provide information that supports developing habits of sensible, balanced diets, good hygiene, and regular physical activity – compared with just 47,000 in 2014.

The forum is the global association for food and beverage companies. Its report, released yesterday, shows what the major players in the food and beverage industry are doing to promote greater health and wellness of consumers and employees.

The report touches on work being done to implement global health programmes for staff, progress on greater information on food labelling and issues relating to advertising to children. 

Paul Bulcke (CEO, Nestle) and Dick Boer (President & CEO of Ahold) say in the report that though ‘clear progress has been made in a number of areas, many challenges remain’.

FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich says that is why more companies need to get involved.

“In New Zealand, the Food & Grocery Council is helping members to take up the Government-backed Health Star Rating labelling system.

“It’s a great system which is starting to show its value as an information tool for consumers looking for healthy choices. At the last count there were more than 600 items with Health Star labels on supermarket shelves, and more are being added every week.”

Read the Consumer Goods Forum’s report here.