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Promoting health and nutrition

Health and nutrition is important to Coles, to encourage healthy communities and assist customers to make healthy food choices.

Coles has developed a range of policies that cover salt and sugar reduction, the use of artificial colours and flavours, and nutrition and health labeling for its own brand products. These are supported by strategies and implementation plans.

Coles runs an internal Nutrition Working Group which includes qualified nutritionists, Coles own brand product developers and technologists. The focus of the Working Group is to identify, scope and implement ways of delivering healthier choices across Coles own brand food and drink.

Coles also participates in the Healthy Food Partnership, a Federal Government initiative that includes food industry bodies and public health groups. Coles has a place on the executive committee for the partnership, overseeing the solutions put forward by the five working groups.

A focus on sugar and salt reduction initiatives will continue to improve the nutritional profile of products across Coles own brand range. Artificial additives are also being assessed with 30 artificial colours already removed from Coles own brand products, and plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from all own branded products by early 2019.

Coles also supports the Health Star Rating, a Federal Government front-of-pack labelling program aimed at assisting customers to make healthier choices when buying packaged foods. Health Star Ratings are currently displayed on over 1,633 Coles own brand products.

Coles is committed to promoting health and wellbeing in the community and during FY18 implemented a partnership with Little Athletics Australia and Athletics Australia. The partnership provides support and resources to athletic centres around the nation.

More than 7,000 schools across Australia participated in Coles’ Sports for Schools program in FY18 by collecting over 200 million vouchers from Coles supermarkets. As a result, Coles will give away more than $10 million worth of sporting equipment. 

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