This category assesses manufacturers' efforts to make their healthy products more accessible through their approaches to pricing and distribution. Category C consists of two criteria:
Food and beverage manufacturers in the United States appear not to have embedded within their commercial strategies clear and substantive approaches to improving the affordability and accessibility of their healthy products. This is a serious omission which demonstrates that these ten major companies are not taking a comprehensive approach to helping people in the United States develop healthy eating habits. Companies should increase their efforts and work with other stakeholders such as distributors and retailers to improve the affordability and accessibility of healthy products for consumers.
Although some companies commit to improving the pricing or distribution of their healthy products, none have formalized their approach in a policy or define concrete targets. They urgently need to set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) targets that can be tracked, underpinned by a clear definition of healthy products. To ensure their policies are implemented, they should make a senior executive responsible for their delivery.
Companies appear to place very little emphasis on priority populations, whose access to healthy food is constrained by low income or geographic factors. Only Kellogg and PepsiCo commit globally to making healthy products affordable and accessible to underserved populations and they specifically include low-income populations in the United States in their scope. Evidence that companies have analyzed the affordability and accessibility of healthy products for these populations is largely absent. To have the greatest impact on health, affordability and accessibility strategies should include a focus on priority populations.
Only two companies, Kellogg and PepsiCo, commit to donating healthy products to food insecurity or food access programs. All companies should commit to donating a high percentage of healthy products to ensure that they make the greatest contribution they can to improving the diets and health of those who rely on such programs.
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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