Supermarkets respond to calls to act on nation\'s obesity problem
100% of fresh beef, pork, lamb and chicken come from Australian farms and 96% of fresh produce comes from Australia.
In 2014, we introduced a health star rating system to the Coles brand products to help customers choose healthier options, and we now have more than 1550 products with a health star rating.
In addition, all products of the Coles brand are free of artificial spices or pigments since 2012.
As a member of the Food and Health Dialogue roundtable, Coles works with food industry stakeholders to reduce salt content in foods such as bread, grains and cheese as part of a healthy food partnership, we are working with food manufacturers to set new, lower nutritional targets for sugar and saturated fat.
Coles is also committed to providing fresh and nutritious food for those in need
Since 2011, Coles has donated more than 25 million kilograms of food to the food charity through secondsite, most of which are fresh, equivalent to over 50 million meals.
We note that the report does not take into account the important role of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.
Coles announced on September
Established years of partnership with track and field Australia and small track and field, and donated more than 2 million bananas to small track and field clubs across Australia.
In addition, thousands of Australian schools have signed up for our school Popular Sports Program, which provides more than 20 million schools in Australia with sporting goods worth more than $7,500.
Promoting a nutritious and healthy diet is very important for Metcash and our network of IGA independent retailers.
We continue to work with IGA retailers to increase their range of fresh and healthy food options, and good progress is being made in this area.
We have also implemented a number of projects aimed at raising awareness and promoting the importance of a healthy diet.
While the study correctly acknowledges our \"Eat Well\" initiative aimed at improving the health of customers buying, it seems to ignore other important initiatives, such as the \"IGA family plan,\" in which, the IGA store provides local community members with tools to promote a healthy lifestyle.
This includes activities to provide healthy and affordable recipes, fact sheets, and to teach children about food sources.
The project has been in operation for more than a year and has involved more than 18,000 families.
The study also seems to ignore the collaboration between IGA and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, which is committed to helping children develop healthy living and eating habits.
With respect to the nutrition label, all Metcash\'s private label foods contain the \"recommended dietary intake (RDI) health label\", which discloses the nutritional intake of the product.
We believe that because of the increased nutritional information it provides, this label is more beneficial for shoppers than a \"healthy star.
At the same time through RDI
The health label or health star rating is voluntary and it is disappointing that the people associated with this particular study did not reward us for taking the decision to disclose more nutritional information.
\"It is also important that each independent retailer has customized the IGA store\'s product range to serve the local community.
We welcome the Deakin University report \"in our supermarket\", a positive step towards focusing on this important national issue.
As a leading retailer, it is our responsibility to provide healthy food choices and promote them as an important pillar of our corporate responsibility.
However, we are concerned that the findings in our supermarket report do not adequately represent all policies and processes developed by Aldi, Australia, to ensure that our customers are able to make healthy choices.
After reading the published report, we wrote to Deakin University to express our discontent with their procedures and to raise objections to the charges charged.
In this letter, we provide an overview of the wide range of activities we carry out.
Below, we summarize some of the projects, practices and processes that support healthy food choices.
We also believe that these findings do not represent the experience of our customers in our store, which does not seem to be a consideration when conducting research.
Participated in the study.
We believe that it is clear that there is a strong and coherent strategy to not only meet the health standards recognized by the state, but also exceed them.
Taking into account the regular feedback provided to us through frequent customer research, we also believe that our health and nutrition strategy meets or exceeds the expectations of our customers.
Woolworths reiterated today that after the release of the Deakin University supermarket health rating report, it is committed to helping customers choose healthier baskets.
The report assesses the policies and commitments of all Australian supermarkets to health and nutrition, and rated Woolworth as the group\'s highest performing supermarket.
The report also called on Australian retailer Domore to encourage healthy eating.
Claire Peters, general manager of Woolworth supermarket, said;
\"At Woolworth, we understand that health is important to our customers and we want to help them make healthier choices easier.
\"We are pleased to see some key initiatives, such as our support for the federal government\'s health star rating, and the free fruit program we offer for children, only last year, it distributed more than 18 million pieces of fruit, which was recognized in the Deakin University report.
\"While the report highlights some of the progress we have made, we do acknowledge that we can do more.
We are determined to take the lead in helping our customers make healthier choices, and the initiatives outlined in the report are just the beginning of our journey in this area.