The International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS) has developed the BIA-Obesity (Business Impact Assessment-Obesity and Population-level Nutrition) tool to provide a framework to benchmark food company policies and commitments related to obesity and population nutrition. The tool consists of a range of indicators across 6 action areas, with tailored measures for food and beverage manufacturers, chain restaurants and supermarkets.

Across all sectors, key action areas assessed by the BIA-Obesity tool include overall nutrition strategy and governance of the organisation, product formulation, nutrition labelling and education, promotion to all consumers, product accessibility and relationships with external groups. For each domain, INFORMAS has developed graded assessment criteria to enable benchmarking at a sector, country and global level. These criteria take into account the nature of policies as well as the extent of public disclosure of these policies.

The BIA-Obesity tool is based on the Access to Nutrition Index, an independent benchmarking tool developed to evaluate the commitments of food and beverage manufacturers towards improving nutrition. In 2013 and 2016, ATNI was used to rank the top 25 global food and beverage manufacturers according to their nutrition-related commitments.

BIA-Obesity has been modified from ATNI for the purposes of national-level analysis, and it also incorporates supermarkets and chain restaurants in addition to food and beverage manufacturers.

BIA Obesity Tool Overview of Scoring and Index:

The tool consists of a range of indicators across 6 action areas, with tailored measures for food and beverage manufacturers, chain restaurants and supermarkets.

The process will result in the development of scorecards for each company to enable comparison at a sector level both nationally and internationally. The project will clearly highlight areas in which national companies are demonstrating leadership in the prevention of chronic diseases, and indicate specific areas for improvement at a company, sector and industry level.

To use the BIA Obesity tool visit this link. [Current Version under review]

The following companies have been selected based on market share data and will be included in the assessment for New Zealand:

Food manufacturers

  • Fonterra
  • Goodman Felder
  • Foodstuffs
  • Heinz Wattie’s
  • Progressive Enterprises
  • Cadbury
  • Griffins
  • Unilever
  • Nestle
  • Arnotts
  • George Weston
  • Bluebird
  • Heller Tasty
  • Sanitarium
  • Mars
  • Kellogg
  • McCain
  • Dairyworks
  • The Wrigley Co
  • Whittakers

Beverage manufacturers

  • Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Frucor


  • Foodstuffs
  • Progressive Enterprises

Fast food restaurants

  • McDonald’s
  • Yum! Brands
  • Doctor’s Associates
  • Restaurant Brands International
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Pita Pit

Results: Pending

New Zealand Team

Dr Gary Sacks, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University Melbourne

Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, The University of Auckland

Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Auckland

Apurva Kasture, Honours student, The University of Auckland

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to send an email to

This project is conducted by researchers within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) at Deakin University, Melbourne. The project forms part of INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support), a global network of public-interest organisations and researchers that seek to monitor and benchmark public and private sector actions to create healthy food environments and reduce obesity and NCDs globally. The project team is led by Senior Research Fellow Dr Gary Sacks and coordinated by Research Assistant Ella Robinson. Oversight and expert guidance is provided by a steering committee that includes the project team and the broader INFORMAS community including Prof Boyd Swinburn, Prof Mary L’Abbe and Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere.

Countries that are implementing BIA Obesity


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