The Access to Nutrition India Spotlight Index 2020 would not have been possible without the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The second India Spotlight Index was produced by the ATNI India Index project team which consists of Fiona Kirk, Osien Kuumar, Paul Vos and Mark Wijne. For the company research, analysts Julia Llados Vila, David Jerome and Estefania Marti Malvado complemented the team.  ATNI executive director Inge Kauer, senior advisor Rachel Crossley  and program intern Sofie van den Berg helped review texts and data.

As noted in the methodology section of the report, the ATNI team drew on the expertise and advice of two advisory groups, a group of expert reviewers in India and the ATNI international Expert Group. Their close engagement throughout the  development process for the methodology of the India Spotlight Index 2020 has been a source of invaluable guidance, and this report benefited greatly from their input and advice (group composition and names in the full acknowledgment). The views expressed in this report, however, do not necessarily reflect the views of these two groups’ members or of the institutions they represent.

Research/ Implementing Partners

The George Insititute

Elizabeth Dunford and Fraser Taylor of The George Institute for Global Health (The George Institute), conducted the Product Profile assessment for the 16 companies in this 2020 Index and the analysis of changes in the nutritional profile of packaged food and beverage products from 11 large companies in India over a three year period for the Access to Nutrition Initiative.

Innova Market Insights

Innova Market Insights (Innova), a commercial knowledge supplier for the Food and Beverage industry, provided product composition data.

Development 73BIT, a British IT developer, set up the online data platform used to collect and process company data. It also developed automatic scoring sheets and reports that fed into the scorecards.

Kummer & Herrman
Kummer & Herrman based in the Netherlands, design for identity, website and reports.

Studio September
Studio September based in the Netherlands, website development.

AvianWE, an integrated communications agency in India, is ATNI’s public relations partner for this index.

WRENmedia, a UK communication company did the language and copy editing of the report and scorecards.

Organizations Consulted

  • Alive & Thrive India, FHI 360
  • Centre for Responsible Business, India
  • Confederation of Indian Industries
  • Food Fortification Initiative
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, India
  • National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
  • Netherlands Embassy, New Delhi

  • Oxfam India
  • Rabobank India
  • Save the Children, India
  • Tata Trusts
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India
  • UNICEF India
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • World Health Organization India

ATNI India Expert Review Panel and Global Expert Group Members

The mandate of the India expert Review Panel and global Expert Group is to provide input into the development of the Corporate Profile methodology and other aspects of the Index. This group consists of members with expertise in various aspects of nutrition (including health dimensions of malnutrition, marketing, labeling, use of claims, nutrient profiling, regulatory issues, etc.)
The members of the India expert Review Panel and Expert Group serve in their personal capacities and in an advisory role. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect their views or the views of the institutions they represent. Members are listed below.
India Expert Review Panel

Dr. Rajan Sankar
Director Nutrition, Tata Trusts

Vivek Arora
Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts

Rohini Saran
Deputy Lead – Food Fortification Resource Centre, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

Dr. Avula Laxmaiah
Scientist ‘G’ & Head, Public Health, National Institute of Nutrition (NIN)

Devyani Hari
Director – Programmes, Centre for Responsible Business (CRB)

Rachna Sujay
Senior Technical Advisor – Diffusion States, Alive & Thrive

Dr. Antaryami Dash
Advisor – Nutrition, Save the Children

Shiva Mudgil
Vice President, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, Rabobank India

Global Expert Group

Shiriki Kumanyika
Chair, ATNI Expert Group;
Professor Emerita of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania;
Research Professor in Community Health & Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health

Lindsay H. Allen
Director, USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center;
Research Professor, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Terry T-K Huang
Professor, School of Public Health, City University of New York

Mike Rayner
Director, British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, University of Oxford

Linda Meyers
Former Director (retired), Food and Nutrition Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC

Boyd Swinburn
Professor, Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin; Professor and Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne

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