The International Food & Beverage Alliance Releases the 2020 Annual Progress Report
Geneva, Switzerland, 19 May 2022 – 2020 was a year dominated by COVID-19. Members of the International Food & Beverage Alliance mobilized quickly to support local, national and global efforts to help tackle the spread, while protecting their employees, maintaining supply chains and the availability of products. This report provides a snapshot of the work and creative ways members applied their technical expertise and financial resources to combat the pandemic crisis and help communities in need.
For 14 years, IFBA’s core work has been focused on improving global health and nutrition. Even during an unprecedented and challenging year, members continued to make progress on this mission. The 2020 annual report provides highlights of the achievements of IFBA’s members to fulfill the core commitments, adopted in 2008, to improve the nutrition of foods and beverages, improve nutrition information to consumers, market responsibly and promote healthy, sustainable living. The report also provides examples of IFBA’s work to ensure the private sector is recognized as an active and willing partner in efforts to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all:
· We continue to add products with beneficial nutrients and ingredients, such as whole grains, fibre, fruits and vegetable and reduce salt, fat, sugar and calories.
· We delivered hundreds of billions of micronutrient-fortified servings of foods and beverages.
· We are on track to achieve the elimination of industrially produced fats in our products worldwide by 2023 in line with the WHO’s objective.
· 99.7% of IFBA members’ products globally display nutritional information on pack and 95% display calories front-of-pack.
· Third-party monitoring of members’ compliance with their commitments to not advertise foods and beverages to children under 12 at all or only advertise products that meet specific nutrition criteria continues to show high compliance levels.
· We participated in the Private Sector Guiding Group of the UN Food Systems Summit and the development of a Business Declaration on Food Systems Transformation.
· We joined with other leading business organizations to form the N4G Business Constituency Group in support of the 2021 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit, delivering a set of commitments, including the Responsible Business Pledge for Better Nutrition.
Looking forward, we will continue to work with governments, civil society and the private sector to improve global health and nutrition and create a healthier, more sustainable global food system.
About The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA): IFBA is a group of eleven global food and non-alcoholic beverage companies – The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever – that share a common goal of helping people around the world achieve balanced diets, and healthy, active lifestyles. IFBA is a non-commercial, non-profit making organization, in special consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC). For more information about IFBA, please visit www.ifballiance.org
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