BS RAWAT : India’s largest food and beverage companies have made some progress towards improving consumers’ diets but they still have a long way to go if they are to play their full part in tackling the increasing nutrition crisis, says a report by an NGO working in the sector.
The report, released by Access to Nutrition Foundation in 2016, based in the Netherlands, focused on Indian companies including AMUL, Britannia Industries, Coca- Cola, Hindustan Unilever, Mondelez India Foods, Mother Dairy, Nestlé India, Parle and Pepsico India.
These companies are being assessed with the aim to improve their nutrition practices. The initiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Inge Kauer, Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Foundation, said, “With the India Spotlight Index 2019, we aim to highlight that it is critical that food and beverage companies assume a central role in the Government’s Eat Right India movement.”
Mark Wijne, Senior Program Manager, Access to Nutrition Foundation, said, “The private sector has a crucial role to play in tackling the mounting nutrition challenges in India. This Index will tap into the competitive nature of the private sector and spark a race to the top in improving nutrition among food and beverage companies in India.”