Health & Nutrition
Everyday millions of people consume food or beverage products produced by Kerry or by our customers using our ingredients. With the continued growth in the world's population and an increasing awareness of the link between diet and health, consumer expectations are changing and at Kerry we are positioned to support the transition to healthier diets and lifestyle.
We support our customers with unique and comprehensive insights into the nutritional needs of consumers around the world – segmented by life stage, cultural and demographic trends, dietary restrictions, health guidelines and physiological need states. Our continued investment in understanding the changing landscape of health and nutrition enables us to better help customers stay ahead of trends driven by new nutritional demands and changing global and economic dynamics. This gives us an unrivalled platform from which to deliver our Marketplace ambition.
With our extensive market insight and nutrition expertise, we have defined a nutrition and general wellness landscape that is made up of four key pillars:
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- Better for you
- Good for you
- Tailored for you
Our expertise in the area of nutritional science is helping our customers around the world to deliver more innovative and nutritious products. For more details on our Taste & Nutrition capabilities see kerry.com.
Kerry Health Institute
In 2015, we also established the Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute, a destination for expert insight into the science and policy of health, nutrition & general wellness. The Kerry Health & Nutrition Institute provides information on scientific research and communicates the latest developments in nutrition, science and health, to highlight nutritional advancements in food and beverage product development.
Supported by a Scientific Advisory Council, the Institute promotes and develops technologies that meet consumer needs as they seek to pursue healthier diets and lifestyles, and brings industry leading insight to the science and policy of health, taste, nutrition and general wellness. The Kerry Health and Nutrition Institute also allows Kerry to engage with other thought leaders in the fields of food science, academic research, government policy and the food industry.
Kerry Foods 'Better For You Programme'
In our consumer foods business, the Kerry Foods’ ‘Better For You’ Programme aims to improve existing products and develop new ones that can contribute to a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. The primary focus of our ‘Better For You’ programme is to reduce calories, saturated fat, and sodium, and add positive nutrition as appropriate without compromising on taste. A strong scientific foundation underpins our reformulation priorities.
Following on from our participation in the UK Public Health Responsibility Deal, key reformulation achievements in 2016 have included a 22% reduction in sodium in the UK sausage category. With regard to new product development, the Yollies range was successfully extended. Yollies are categorised as non HFSS (high fat, sugar, salt) under the UK Department of Health nutrient profiling scheme. Yollies are also a source of calcium and vitamin D. Cheestrings mini portions were also launched in 2016 in keeping with our policy of aiding portion control. You can find out more about Yollies and our other leading consumer brands here.
In Ireland, Kerry Foods was also one of 14 major food and drink manufacturers who participated in the FDII (Food and Drink Industry Ireland) Reformulation project published in 2016. This project assessed the impact of reformulation activity by the 14 companies between 2005 - 2012 and among the reported achievements was a 36% drop in tonnage of sodium sold over that period. Building on previous reformulation achievements, Kerry Foods continues to explore new technologies to achieve further reformulation across our portfolio.