Gem of the day

Finally: academic evidence to support the bold analogy Danone CEO Franck Riboud made 7 years ago, as his company changed to a strategic health focus, about obesity as "the new tobacco".

A new study shows relying on the biggest food and drink companies to "self-regulate" salt, fat and sugar content in food won't work. Most importantly, the report points out this is a battle that needs to be won - and quickly - to make sure these companies don't repeat the same mistakes in emerging markets, where the focus is on aggressive growth over the next decade:

"Saturation of markets in high-income countries has caused the industries to rapidly penetrate emerging global markets, as the tobacco industry has done. Almost all growth in the foreseeable future in profits and sales of these unhealthy commodities will be in low-income and middle-income countries [where consumption is currently low]."

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