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2018 Index methodology

The Access to Nutrition Indexes (ATNIs) are designed to track the contribution of F&B manufacturers to address global nutrition challenges and to encourage them to do more. As incomes increase, consumers tend to eat and drink more packaged foods and beverages. This is driving growth in the F&B industry, particularly in emerging markets where economic growth has been almost five times faster than in mature markets. The 22 F&B manufacturers assessed in the 2018 Global Index operate in over 200 countries and generate approximately $500 billion in sales. 

Based on total global sales in 2016, the 22 largest global F&B manufacturers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Global ATNI. They are: Ajinomoto, Arla, BRF, Campbell’s, Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Ferrero, FrieslandCampina, Danone, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg, Kraft Heinz, Lactalis, Mars, Meiji, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Suntory, Tingyi, and Unilever.

Changes compared to 2016

Overall the changes of the 2018 Global Index Corporate Profile methodology relate principally to new or updated standards or global guidelines, expansion of scope of some indicators by further clarifying wording/ explanatory notes and a change in the number of unscored indicators.

The major structural changes are in Category B1 Product formulation. These are related to reformulation targets and serving sizes:

  • With regards to reformulation targets, in 2016 ATNF asked ‘Has the company set a target to reduce levels of e.g. sales/sodium and, if so, in how many products or subcategories?’ In 2018 ATNF is focusing this indicator on companies’ targets for its five largest selling categories and assessing how many products within those categories now meet the target or threshold. The system automatically presents to each company the five largest categories, identified using Euromonitor sales data from 2016.
  • With regards to serving sizes, companies offering confectionary, savoury snacks, icecream, carbonated drinks, juices, sports & energy drinks and Asian specialty drinks will be assessed on what percentages of products, in any of those products categories, they offer in smaller serving sizes (in terms of calories) in FY 2016.

Finally, Category D1 Responsible marketing policy (all consumers) includes a small number of new undernutrition indicators, and therefore has an Nutrition General section and Undernutrition section.

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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