Nestle says 60% of its traditional food and beverage products do not meet its recognized standard for healthy eating. Nestle uses the Australian health star rating system, which scores products on a five-star scale and is used by international researchers including the Access to Nutrition Foundation. A product must score at least 3.5 stars to be considered healthy.
The company says that some of its categories will never be ‘healthy’ no matter how much it renovates. Only 37 per cent of Nestlé’s food and beverages by revenues, excluding products such as pet food and specialised medical nutrition, achieve a rating above 3.5 under Australia’s health star rating system.