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Positive nutrition

Everyone deserves access to good food. We’re working to create a healthier, more sustainable global food system.

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The world’s food system is broken. We’re helping to fix it. Future Foods is our plan to help people transition towards healthier diets and reduce the environmental impact of the food chain. We’ve committed to:

  • €1 billion annual sales from plant-based meat and dairy alternatives by 2025–2027
  • Double the number of products sold that deliver positive nutrition by 2025
  • 95% of packaged ice cream to contain no more than 250 kcal per serving and 22g total sugar per serving by 2025
  • 85% of our Foods portfolio to help consumers reduce their salt intake to no more than 5g per day by 2022

Learn more about our global strategy and goals here and check out the progress we’ve made in Australia and New Zealand below.

Accelerating availability of plant-based and dairy alternatives

Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy icecream

A 2020 scientific study found that the food system is responsible for about 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating less meat and dairy, and more plant-based foods, could significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

That’s why we’re accelerating the availability of dairy-free options of Magnum, Weis and Ben & Jerry’s. Continental has also rolled out its Nutrish stocks, which are vegan and gluten free liquid stock and flavour enhancer. Our Unilever Food Solutions team are also supporting chefs to cook more plant-based meals by providing vegan-certified products including Hellmann’s Vegan Mayonnaise, Knorr Intense Flavours and Knorr Tomato Powder.

Ensuring our products are responsibly delicious

Continental Nutrish pot

We’re always looking for ways to enhance the nutritional quality of our products. For example, our Continental Nutrish Snack Pots and Instant Soups include sources of protein and fibre, as well as Future 50 foods such as amaranth, quinoa, hemp seed, sweet potato, lentils & sprouted peas.

Another big focus for us is reformulating our ice creams with less sugar and fewer calories. All of our Paddle Pop kids’ ice-creams contain 110 calories or less and our core range of Chocolate, Banana and Rainbow Paddle Pops are also a source of calcium. We also offer a light version of our iconic Blue Ribbon tubs which are 97% fat free. And we’re releasing more snack and controlled portion treats such as our Mini Weis bars and Magnum minis.

We want to help Aussies and Kiwis make healthier food choices and believe education is key to this. That’s why we’ve joined the Healthy Food Partnership, which aims to improve the nutrient content of certain key foods in the Australian diet and improve serving sizes. The majority of our Continental soups and sauces already meet the nutrient criteria targets. Across the Tasman, we have also joined the New Zealand Heart Foundation Food Reformulation Target program - a voluntary initiative designed to reduce the sodium, saturated fat and sugar content of foods. We are pleased that the majority of our New Zealand portfolio also meet these targets.

Responsible marketing to children

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We’re committed to promoting healthier diets, not just by providing more nutritious products but also by marketing and advertising them responsibly, especially to children.

Our Principles on Responsible Food & Beverage Marketing to Children are applicable to all Unilever’s food and beverage marketing communications and activities worldwide. We also adhere to the Advertising Standards Authority Children (Australia) and Young People’s Advertising Code (New Zealand).

We are members of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) and adhere to the Food and Beverages Code which defines which foods can be advertised to children according to FSANZ nutrient criteria. Under the AANA Food and Beverages advertising Code, occasional food or beverage products are classified as those that do not meet the FSANZ Nutrient Profile Scoring Criterion. Advertising for these products cannot be targeted at children under 15 years.

In New Zealand, we have also committed to the New Zealand Government’s Healthy Kids Industry Pledge which acknowledges the serious impact of obesity on the health and well-being of the children of New Zealand.