People here in New Zealand and around the world choose milk as a staple in their diet and dairy is recommended in dietary guidelines as part of healthy, balanced diets for optimal health.
Why? Because it is packed with good nutrients that helps people lead a healthy life. There’s a unique combination of nutrients in dairy, and they play an important role in growing and maintaining healthy bones, your immunity, the functioning of your nervous system (including your brain), helping to prevent tiredness, maintaining healthy eyes, and so much more.
But there’s also power in the individual components of milk in helping manage and recover from injuries and illnesses. For example, milk proteins are used in advanced medical nutrition products and help nourish and rehabilitate patients and there’s even a unique dairy-derived probiotic which has shown promising results in lowering the risk of postnatal depression and anxiety.
We often talk about the untapped potential of milk because our scientists are finding new benefits from dairy all the time – we’ve only scratched the surface.
As a result of the goodness of milk, we believe dairy is well placed to play an important role in helping feed the world’s growing population and by 2030 there will be another 1 billion mouths to feed. Our dairy products can play a valuable role in addressing deficiencies in diets and improving the health and wellbeing of people around the world.
Milk is a natural source of many of the valuable nutrients people need. It is one of the richest sources of readily available dietary calcium and also contributes many other essential nutrients including protein, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3) and vitamin B12.
Dairy is who we are and what we do best. With more than 100 years of New Zealand expertise in developing nutritious dairy products, we’re dedicated to discovering new ways to deliver the unique health and wellness benefits of dairy.
We offer dairy products that meet the different health and wellness needs of our consumers all around the world. This is based on a belief in quality products, sound science and 'doing what's right' by our consumers.
The Fonterra Group Nutrition Policy sets out our high-level nutrition commitments to provide goodness for generations. In 2017, we launched the detailed Fonterra Food and Nutrition Guidelines. The guidelines set the nutrition criteria for our product composition and inform our marketing practices across all branded consumer products and ingredients that Fonterra manufactures.
The guidelines complement food standards and regulations, as well as our own education and advocacy activities to raise awareness of the value of dairy nutrition in healthy, balanced diets.
Adding further credibility to these guidelines, the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation has independently reviewed and endorsed them as evidence-based guidelines founded on robust nutritional science and reflecting international directives on nutrition and health.
In line with our endorsed nutrition guidelines, we continue to improve the nutritional benefits of our products.
We promote the use of beneficial ingredients that provide health benefits and we minimise those ingredients that may have a negative impact on health.
Our dairy nutrition criteria define minimums for dairy protein and micronutrient content. We are also minimising the addition of added sugars and refined carbohydrates to less than 2% of total daily energy requirements per serve. We have developed targets for our global consumer portfolio against these criteria and we assess and report our performance in the annual Fonterra Sustainability Report.
Our nutrition guidelines provide limits for sodium, in line with internationally accepted health guidelines and directives, as well as limits for fat, reflecting the natural composition of dairy. For products promoted for everyday consumption, we aim to provide reasonable serving sizes suitable for the occasion, in line with dietary guidelines. We provide our consumers with a choice of products and a variety of portion sizes to meet their nutrition requirements.
Fonterra supports the global public health objective to reduce the intake of industrially-produced trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, which is also reflected in our nutrition guidelines.