– Reference the Nutrition Index 2016 by  Access To Nutrition Foundation

India faces a unique challenge of under and over nutrition. While calorie intake and the quality of calorie intake is one dimension of the issue, there are related facets like hydration levels, level of physical activity and safety and quality of food and beverages that are also an essential part of being healthy.

Coca-Cola India offers a wide variety of hydration and nutrition choices to partly address some of the nutritional needs, including great-tasting beverages with reduced, low or no calories, like Diet Coke and Coke Zero, as well as an entire range of beverages which includes juices and juice drinks, packaged water, tonic water, sparkling beverages and others.

We know that portion control is an essential part of managing calories and nutrition, so we offer many of our beverages in a range of sizes. We also provide clear nutritional information, including calories content, on all our packages, so people can choose what makes sense for them and their families. In fact, we were the first company to place front of pack calorie information on all our products. We also are committed to marketing our drinks responsibly. We do not advertise to children under 12. 

We also leverage our brands and our business to be an enabler of healthy, active lifestyle. So, we are partners with like-minded organisations like All India Football Federation (AIFF), Indian Premier Tennis League and others to support activity and movement. 

There is much that needs to be done towards the cause of nutrition and wellbeing for Indians and we are happy to play a small part in providing safe, convenient, refreshing choices of hydration and nutrition to our consumers. Our products conform to the global standards of quality and safety, thereby being safe and reliable options for nutrition and hydration.

We respect the fact that the report acknowledges the progress made by Coca-Cola (a.o. on product formulation), other F&B manufacturers seem to have progressed even more. This is of course also due to this specific methodology which favors the use of nutrient profile models and restricts a beverage-only company to score positively. As the data was gathered mainly over 2013/2014 some of our latest initiatives (i.e., the update of our global responsible marketing policy in September 2015) are not fully reflected in the assessment. 

We acknowledge ATNF’s assessment of our efforts to provide choice to consumers in the 2016 Access to Nutrition Index.  We will continue to shape our business to better help consumers balance their diets through moderation and portion control and live healthier lives.