How One Nonprofit Measures Food Companies’ Commitments to Kids and Families—And Pushes for Change1 February 2023
In October 2022, the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) released its second U.S. Access to Nutrition Index. The Index, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, assessed the 11 largest food and beverage manufacturers in the U.S. on the healthiness of their product portfolios, as well as their nutrition-related commitments, policies, and disclosures. ATNI found that, since the first Index was published in 2018, companies have shown little progress on their commitments to make, market, and sell healthy food and drinks. The 2022 Index was released weeks after the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, where many food and beverage industry leaders were notably silent on large public commitments to facilitate change.
We asked ATNI Executive Director Greg S. Garrett about the implications of the group’s findings for the health of children and families and how the learnings from the Index can be used to transform the U.S. food and beverage market.