Nutrition: food traffic light Nutri-Score encourages food manufacturers to produce healthier products

Nutri-Score ensures healthier food production

In Germany there is still controversy about which nutritional labeling makes the most sense for food. In other European countries you are a significant step ahead. According to experts, the food traffic light Nutri-Score motivates food manufacturers to make their products healthier.

In 2017, the Nutri-Score nutritional traffic light was introduced in France. Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Luxembourg also use this traffic light, which provides a good first orientation by taking important ingredients into account and drawing a conclusion as to how balanced a food is from "A" in green (favorable nutritional values) to "E" in is red (unfavorable nutritional values). The behavior of many food manufacturers, who are now making their products healthier, also shows how sensible this labeling is.

Innovation boost towards healthy eating

The Nutri-Score food traffic light motivates food manufacturers to make their products healthier. According to the German Alliance for Noncommunicable Diseases (THANKS), this is particularly evident in France: There, the supermarket chain Intermarché has announced that it will change the recipes for over 900 of its own products - so that they receive the Nutri-Score rating A, B or C (very bad for health cheap to moderate).

At the same time, the Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is lowering the prices for 100 products with Nutri-Score A and B by 20 to 50 percent. "The Nutri Score apparently triggers an innovation and marketing boost in the direction of healthy eating abroad," said Barbara Bitzer, spokeswoman for DANK in a message. "This is exactly what we urgently need in Germany."

Studies show positive effects

According to the information, another food manufacturer in Germany, HAK, has just committed to the Nutri Score. Aldi Switzerland has also announced that it will launch the Nutri-Score on its own brands from 2020. Germany will soon be surrounded by the Nutri Score. Nevertheless, Federal Minister of Food Julia Klöckner is still considering the option of introducing her own single-color label in Germany.

"Ms. Klöckner should acknowledge the power of the factual," says Bitzer, "the Nutri-Score is the label that is used by companies across Europe and is even used creatively. He also brings exactly the innovations in finished products that the minister also wants to achieve for Germany. ”

More than 35 scientific studies show that the Nutri-Score is best understood by consumers and leads them to buy healthier products. "Manufacturers and supermarkets are also increasingly recognizing the opportunities that result from the Nutri Score," says Bitzer.

Majority of Germans for Nutri-Score

The majority of the German population is also in favor of the Nutri-Score, as a survey on food labeling showed. In a press release, the German Diabetes Association (DDG) announced that 69 percent of the people surveyed preferred the Nutri-Score to the “nutrition guide” labeling model commissioned by Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner. (ad)

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  • Deutsche Allianz Noncommunicable Diseases (THANKS): Nutri-Score motivates food manufacturers to produce healthier products, (accessed: 09/25/2019), Deutsche Allianz Noncommunicable Diseases (THANKS)
  • Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft: Representative survey on nutrition labeling: large majority for Nutri-Score traffic lights. Klöckner model fails among German consumers, (accessed: September 25, 2019), German Diabetes Society

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