Total Access

Nutritionist Takes Food Companies to Task


Label this presentation with the advisory: Warning - May Induce Cringes Among Food Industry Executives.

Nutritionist Marion Nestle cheerfully eviscerated the food industry and its marketing at the CIES World Food Summit in New York today with her scathing commentary on food labeling.

Displaying brand-name products on screen like breakfast cereals that cover their packaging with health claims yet fill the contents with an assortment of sugars, Nestle called on the industry to end that type of behavior and begin taking a sincere approach toward providing nutritious foods.

"Healthy foods for children should be the default, and if parents want foods that are not as healthy, they should have to ask for them," instead of the other way around, she said.

Justin King, the chief executive officer of U.K.-based Sainsbury's, joined her on stage after her talk and likewise chastised the food industry for the types of marketing behavior that seek to pass off unhealthy foods as healthy.

"We shouldn't be proud of some of the things we are doing," he said. "Some of what Marion showed here today is disgraceful."

Nestle, a professor at New York University and nutrition author, also called on food companies to end their support of the Center for Consumer Freedom, which she said is "doing the dirty work" of the food industry by seeking to push more responsibility for healthy eating onto the consumer.

"She showed some real [guts] to get up in front of a room full of executives from food companies and say what she did," said one observer after the presentation.


David Orgel

David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

Jon Springer

Jon Springer has been writing about food, food retailers and food retailing for more than 10 years, and is in his second tour of duty with Supermarket News. His prior experience includes covering the...
What's Total Access?

Total Access blog provides on-the-floor coverage of industry trade shows.

Blog Archive
Penton Media Food Group and Related Sites

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×