U.S. Spotlight Index

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U.S. Spotlight Index

Key Findings

Overall findings

  • The U.S. Spotlight Index finds that the ten largest food and beverage manufacturers lack comprehensive strategies, policies and actions to effectively address the high levels of obesity and diet-related diseases in the United States. 
  • Despite the United States being their largest single market in the world, these companies disclose less information about their initiatives and activities to support customers health and nutrition in the United States than they do globally
  • The companies are not doing enough to market healthier products to consumers whose access to these products is constrained by low income or geographic factors
  • 30% of the products analyzed can be classified as healthy according to independent nutrition criteria, and just 14% of the products met nutrition criteria for marketing to children

Recommendations

  • Companies must make their product portfolios healthier and ensure their healthy products are accessible to all, particularly to those whose access to healthy food is constrained by low income or geographic factors.
  • Companies are urged to increase their efforts to market healthier products
  • Nutrition strategies should encompass comprehensive sets of well-defined U.S. targets for improvement in the following areas: product innovation and reformulation, affordability and accessibility of healthy products, responsible marketing, employee health and wellness, consumer education, nutrition labeling, and lobbying and stakeholder engagement in support of improving diets.
  • Companies should be more transparent in their reporting on all key issues and in particular on their progress in meeting their targets in the United States.

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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Funders

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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