Sainsbury supermarket counter top for healthy and sustainable food efforts

Sainsbury supermarket counter top for healthy and sustainable food efforts

Sainsbury has topped the supermarket table for its commitments to health and sustainability, according to the Food Foundation’s inaugural report.

The First ever annual report A State of the Nation food industry analysis has identified Britain’s best and worst supermarkets, caterers and restaurant chains in a league table of what companies are doing to promote healthy and sustainable food.

Other supermarkets praised for their health and sustainability efforts include Lidl and Tesco, while Morrisons and Asda have been identified as needing more work.

The report focuses on health concerns related to obesity and the impact of modern food production and eating habits on the environment, and calls for an enforceable legal framework for health and sustainability goals across the food industry.

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The most proactive retailers are already working toward goals that allow them to measure their progress, even though fewer than half of supermarkets currently report sales of healthy foods, sales of fruits and vegetables, or sales of animal and plant-based proteins.

Sainsbury’s is the only supermarket to report on all three of these metrics.

The Food Foundation is now calling on the government to introduce a mandatory scheme for all large food companies in the UK to report sales of fruits and vegetables, sales of foods rich in salt and sugar, plant proteins and meats, and the amount of unsold items. Food that is discarded.

Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose were among 16 food companies that supported the move and signed a joint statement calling for sales-based food reporting to be made mandatory.

“We know that the way we eat has a direct impact on the world around us and through our brand mission, to help everyone eat better, we are committed to helping our customers eat better,” said Neilani Sritharan, Head of Healthy and Sustainable Diets at Sainsbury’s. For both their health and the health of the planet.

“We have a long-standing mission to drive healthier sales and have been able to do so by implementing the goals that our senior management is responsible for. This is why we believe setting mandatory targets on simple health and sustainability metrics will allow us to collaborate across the industry, identifying key areas for improvement, To support a healthier and more sustainable business transformation.”

The report also highlights the need for supermarkets to provide more support to low-income families. Only Sainsbury’s and Iceland are currently promoting the government’s Healthy Start Plan, while the widening gap between the cost of healthy and unhealthy foods means healthy foods are usually three times more expensive per calorie.

Food companies also need to address the imbalance in advertising, where the promotion of fruit and vegetables receives only 1% of marketing spending.

“The need for food companies to tackle the twin issues of diet-related ill health and the climate crisis is more urgent than ever,” said Rebecca Toby, Senior Business Director and Investor Engagement at The Food Foundation.

“If we are to meet Net Zero government commitments on climate change and reverse the downward trajectory for the health of the nation, it is imperative that food companies realize their responsibility.”

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