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We believe that being transparent about our portfolio is key to building trust. Since 2022, we have reported on the nutritional make-up of our portfolio using a recognised external benchmark*.

The first full assessment of our UK portfolio was published in 2023** based on 2022 sales in the Nestlé Group's Creating Shared Value and Sustainability 2022 Report. This years' global portfolio assessment based on 2023 sales can be viewed in the Nestlé Group's Creating Shared Value and Sustainability 2023 Report.

The most recent assessment of the nutritional profile of our UK portfolio based on 2023 sales can be found in the table below and on our global website.

The Nestlé portfolio in the UK spans globally loved brands and recognised local favourites in food and dairy, confectionery, infant and medical nutrition, coffee, beverages and breakfast cereals as well as pet care products.

All of our foods and beverages can play a role in a balanced diet. With this breadth in mind, we provide visibility of the break-down of four different groups of products considering their nutritional value:

  • Products that are classified as 'HFSS' (high in fat, salt or sugar) using the UK Government's Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM*): These products are occasional treats which should be consumed in moderation, with portion guidance or recipes, tips and advice for a balanced diet.
  • Products that are classified as 'non-HFSS'.
  • 'Specialised Nutrition' products sold by our Nestlé Nutrition and Nestlé Health Science businesses. These products provide specific or targeted benefits for patients, healthcare professionals and children under three years. The NPM does not generally apply in these product categories.
  • 'Other' products include pet care, an important category for Nestlé, as well as coffee machines and accessories. The NPM cannot be applied to these products.

Portfolio Breakdown  


% of net sales 2022

% of net sales 2023


27 26


42 41

Specialised Nutrition

4 6


27 27

Working towards a better future 

We are proud of the reformulation work carried out across our portfolio over the last decade, constantly improving the nutritional value of our products. As a result, we have removed over 2.6 bn teaspoons of sugar and over 66 bn calories from our products in the UK since 2015. We are adding wholegrain and fibre to our breakfast cereal products, and simplifying ingredients lists across the portfolio, removing unfamiliar ingredients.

As a major manufacturer of breakfast cereals, we are in a position to help consumers eat more wholegrain foods, for a healthier, more balanced diet. All Nestle cereal products in the UK with a green banner have wholegrain as the number one ingredient. More than 80% of our cereal sales come from non-HFSS products and this includes our biggest cereal brands; Shreddies, Cheerios and Shredded Wheat.

One of Nestle's largest and best-known categories in the UK is confectionery. We are proud of the famous brands and popular confectionery products that Nestlé has produced for many decades. While this category could be considered inherently 'HFSS', our reformulation efforts have resulted in an average reduction of sugar and calorie content.

This includes reductions in sugar content, introducing a 250kcal calorie cap on certain products and the introduction of new non-HFSS sugar confectionery products. The HFSS classification of most confectionery products has not changed and remains unlikely to change due to the technical challenges of reducing saturated fat, calories and sugars in this 'treat' category.

We believe that reporting a consistent set of metrics will be transformative in building trust and a level playing field of understanding. It will also enable food companies to demonstrate progress over time. We welcome and support the UK Government's ongoing work on the Food Data Transparency Partnership.

In 2023, Nestlé set the ambitious target of aiming to grow sales of its more nutritious products by CHF 20-25 billion, by 2030. As one of the group's largest markets, we remain dedicated to helping the company realise this ambition.

* The UK Government's Nutrient Profiling Model (NPM) was developed by the Food Standards Agency. It uses a scoring system which balances the contribution made by beneficial nutrients with nutrients that we should eat less of based on 100g of a food or drink product. Foods that are classified as high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS), are considered to be 'less healthy'.
**Bureau Veritas provides independent assurance of the accuracy, reliability and objectivity of the report on the assessment of our food and beverage portfolio.