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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Nestlé news:

  • With 97 percent of American households purchasing our products in 20161, we can have a significant impact by continually improving the taste and nutrition profile of products. In 2016, we reformulated 1,830 food products and pet products to consider nutrition or consumer preference, including reducing sodium, sugar, trans fat and artificial colors and flavors, as well as increased essential nutrients. Read more from our recently released Creating Shared Values report at
  • In April, 76,000 kids and teens from almost 750 local Boys & Girls Clubs participated in the spring National Fitness Competition, a bi-annual health and wellness program sponsored by Nestlé in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This program was created to inspire kids to reach short-term physical activity goals, encourage a positive competitive spirit and serves as an example for Nestlé’s commitment to American youth to lead a life rooted in health and wellness. Read more from our recently released Creating Shared Values report at
  • In March, 12 of the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. This is the first collective industry commitment of this nature.

Consumer news:

  • In May, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation released the 2017 Food & Health Survey, “A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values.” This marks the 12th edition of an ongoing investigation, and can serve as a useful resource to understand drivers of food choice, behaviors and belief for supermarket dietitians. Get the survey at

Regulatory news:

  • The comment period for FDA’s efforts to define “Healthy” closed April 26. The definition will likely be incorporated into a combined proposed rule for general nutrient content and health claims in 2018 or later.
  • A National Academy of Medicine (NAM) expert committee undertook a comprehensive examination of USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages (i.e., the foods provided to supplement the diet of participants) tailored to their age and health status. USDA Food & Nutrition Service is expected to develop regulations to update the food packages to reflect the final NAM Report, issued in January 2017.

1 Nestlé USA. Nestlé in the United States: Creating Shared Value. May 2017.