The U.S. Access to Nutrition Index was developed between 2016 and 2018, and published in November 2018, by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF). The Index is a tool that can be used by major U.S. food and beverage manufacturers to benchmark their nutrition practices and serve as an impartial source of information by a wide range of stakeholders. ATNF’s purpose in publishing the Index is to encourage these companies to increase U.S. consumers’ access to nutritious products and responsibly exercise their influence on consumers’ choice and behavior.
The U.S. Spotlight Index is modeled on the Global Access to Nutrition Index. Three Global Indexes have been published to date: in 2013, in 2016 and, most recently, in 2018. The U.S. Index incorporates the same elements as the 2018 Global Index (the Corporate Profile, the Product Profile and the Breast-milk Substitutes (BMS) Marketing assessment) and takes the same broad approach to assessing companies, and to scoring and ranking them, but is adapted to the U.S. context.
In 2016, ATNF started exploring the possibility of publishing a U.S. Access to Nutrition Spotlight Index. Having secured funding to do so, early in 2017 ATNF began consulting with U.S. stakeholders on how to adapt the Global Index methodology to the U.S. context. ATNF determined how the Corporate Profile and BMS Marketing methodologies of the Global Index methodology should be adapted to take account of the specific legal, regulatory and business context in the United States, and the specific nutrition challenges the country faces, through expert input, desk-based research and stakeholder consultation. ATNF convened a U.S. Expert Group and consulted the BMS marketing sub-group to provide advice on all aspects of Index development and methodology adaptation. Other stakeholders consulted included companies, industry groups, civil society organizations and academics, who were involved through various meetings and one-to-one consultations.
Main aspects related to the U.S. Index methodology are presented in this section. A full description is available here.
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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