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Global Index 2016

2016 Index methodology

The 2016 ATNI Global Index ranks 22 of the world’s largest food and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers, including both publicly listed and privately owned companies and cooperatives. These are the 20 largest food and beverage manufacturers by total global FY2013 revenues, plus two that were ranked between the top 20 and the top 25 largest food and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers in 2013 (Ajinomoto and Campbell Soup Company) but had slipped outside the top 20 by 2015. These two were included in the 2016 Global Index to encourage both companies’ efforts to tackling nutrition challenges.

Company selection criteria and the process for the 2016 Global Access to Nutrition Index
Publicly available data published by the companies and captured by Standard and Poor’s Capital IQ data service was used to identify the largest publicly listed food and beverage manufacturers. For non-listed companies, their own websites and published information was used and this was supplemented by other financial news sources. The world’s largest food and beverage companies by total revenues (FY2013) were first identified. Revenues derived from non-food and beverage activities, such as pharmaceuticals were discounted. In addition, several exclusion criteria were applied.

Exclusion criteria
The following exclusions were applied during the company selection process.

  • Non-added value - companies that produce mostly non-added value products and commodities (such as Tyson Foods (meat), Inc., Smithfield Food Inc. (pork) and Associated British Foods plc (sugar and other agricultural commodities).
  • Alcohol - companies that mainly produce only alcoholic beverages
  • Bottling - Bottling companies that bottle beverages for other beverage companies. 

Changes compared to 2013

The 2016 Global Index includes three companies, which were not assessed by the 2013 Global Index. These are;

  • ARLA Foods amba.
  • Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co.
  • Mondelez International, Inc. which comprises the global snack and food brands of the former Kraft Foods. Kraft Foods and Mondelez split in 2012.

Some companies were assessed by the 2013 Global Index but have not been included in the 2016 Global Index, these are:

  • Barilla SpA.
  • Hershey Food Corporation.
  • Lotte Co. Ltd.
  • Nichirei Corporation.
  • Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Sigma Alimentos.

Improving nutrition for all

The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.


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