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Dutch government introduces Nutri-Score

The Dutch government has announced their decision to introduce the Nutri-Score voluntarily on Dutch food packages in 2021.

The Nutri-Score is a scoring system that allows consumers to quickly assess the nutritional quality of a product so that they can compare products easily and can choose for the products with a higher nutritional quality. The Nutri-score will not be introduced in 2020, as research showed that the Nutri-Score in a majority of the cases does not meet the Dutch dietary guidelines. Therefore, adjustments in the calculation method will be made, and subsequently Nutri-Score is expected to be implemented officially around 2021 in the Netherlands.

The Nutri-Score is planned or has already been introduced in inter alia France, Belgium and Germany.

Nutri-Score

The Nutri-Score system allocates positive points for “unfavorable” content: energy, total sugar, saturated fatty acids and sodium. Negative points are allocated for “favorable” contents, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts, fibers and proteins. The positive and negative points are totaled, resulting in a score ranging from -15 for the most healthy foods to +40 for less healthy foods. For the Nutri-Score system, five categories of nutritional quality are derived from this overall score, ranging from ‘green’ to ‘red’ and associated with
letters A (best nutritional quality) to E (inferior nutritional quality) to improve the readability of the label.

Reformulation

The introduction of the Nutri-Score in the Netherlands offers an incentive for manufacturers to reformulate their products towards healthier compositions. Sensus Frutafit® inulin and Frutalose® oligofructose are very useful and versatile ingredients to improve the ‘nutritional score’ of products. Besides fiber enrichment they can be used to replace sugar and fat while improving taste and mouthfeel. All of these aspects will help boost the product’s nutritional score.

Sensus Nutritional Score Tool

Sensus has developed a tool to easily gain insight in opportunities to improve the nutritional scores of your products and recipes. The tool calculates the nutritional scores of a reference, and an optimized recipe according to the Nutri-Score system and the Traffic Light system. It instantly shows the difference between the two.

If you would like more information on our tool and how it can assist you in your product development, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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