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12 March 2013 |

The world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers must do more to increase access to nutritious products and positively exercise their influence on consumer choice and behavior, says the first edition of the global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) report and rankings, released today

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12 March 2013 |

Today ATNI released its Investor Statement, which currently has 39 investment firms as signatories. These firms collectively manage over USD 2.6 trillion in assets.

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6 February 2013 |

The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new initiative that will rank food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition practices, has appointed Inge Kauer as its first executive director. In this role, Mrs.

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Key findings

Many companies are not very transparent about their nutrition practices.
Companies could do more to address undernutrition and at a broader scale.
Companies’ practices often do not measure up to their commitments.
Many companies are now taking at least some action to improve access to nutrition.
Across the board, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers can do substantially more to improve consumers’ access to nutrition.

Quotes

"F&C believes that food and beverage company valuations will increasingly be shaped by their ability to adapt to changes in regulation and trends in consumer behaviour. This is why we have supported the creation and development of the Access to Nutrition Index. F&C will use the Index to encourage companies in our portfolios to take a more active role in managing nutrition-related risks and unlocking new opportunities."

Vicki Bakhshi, Associate Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment, F&C Investments

"The Access to Nutrition Index offers companies a comprehensive, independent assessment of how well their practices align with competitors in the food and beverage industry and provides benchmarks against which they can improve their approach to nutrition. The aim is to promote a more objective public debate and encourage companies to do more to address nutritional needs of customers."

Keith Bezanson, Chair, ATNI Independent Advisory Panel

“The capacities of the global food industry are not being harnessed effectively in tackling malnutrition. The Index aims to engage companies around the opportunities to make more nutritious, affordable foods available for consumers, especially the poorest.”

Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director, GAIN

“The food industry has a vital role to play in addressing the serious global problems of both obesity and undernutrition.... Over the past four years, a significant amount of work has been put into shaping the Access to Nutrition Index, developing a robust methodology with the advice of a wide range of independent experts. We are delighted to see the first Index launched today, and hope that it will become an important tool to encourage further debate and action, in order to strengthen global health by improving access to nutrition."

Sir William Castell, Chairman of the Wellcome Trust

“Obesity and undernutrition affect billions of people and threaten a global health catastrophe. The Access to Nutrition Index is an urgent call to action for food and beverage manufacturers to integrate improved nutrition into their business strategies. It is not only good for public health; it is a business imperative and key to their long-term sustainability.”

Inge Kauer, Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Index