INFORMAS in Slovenia is run by Professor Igor Pravst, Dr Anita Kušar and Dr Katja Žmitek.

INFORMAS benchmarking is implemented into programme of Slovenian national research programme “Nutrition and Public Health”, run by the Nutrition Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia and funded by the Slovenian Research Agency (SRA). Several research projects were funded by the Ministry of health of Republic of Slovenia and SRA under umbrella of this research programme, enabling extensive monitoring of the food supply in retail environment. First food labelling and composition data collection was conducted back in 2011, while more extensive collection was conducted in year 2015. The data collection included taking photographs of all foods, and also food prices. Special software was developed to support data collection (CLAS – Composition and Labelling Information System). Slovenian team also focus into evaluation of the food promotion. The data on the television advertising of foods has been therefore collected for years 2015-2016-2017 and is currently being analysed.

Research results are important for evaluation of the changes in the Slovenian food supply, and conduction of Slovenian Resolution on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health 2015–2025. The Slovenian team is collaborating also closely also with national authorities and other stakeholders, interested in mapping the healthiness of food environments.

The collected currently being analysed for presentation to stakeholders and use in scientific publications. Several publications have already been published on topics, related with INFORMAS modules.

Professor Igor Pravst

Professor of Nutrition
Head of Nutrition and Public Health Research Group
Nutrition Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 590 68870

Email: Professor Igor Pravst
URL: Web page



Dr Anita Kušar

Nutrition and Public Health Research Group; Researcher
Nutrition Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 590 68870

Email: Dr Anita Kušar

URL: Web page            



Dr Katja Žmitek

Nutrition and Public Health Research Group; Researcher
Nutrition Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 590 68870

Email: Dr Katja Žmitek

URL: Web page


Status (as of December 2019) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI)    
Private Sector    
Food Composition
  • Full data collection started in 2015. Comparisons possible with year 2011. Some results already published.
 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15
Food Labelling  

  • Full data collection started in 2015. Comparisons possible with year 2011. Some results already published.
 2, 3, 4
Food Promotion  

  • Television: published
  • Magazines: published
  • Social media/Facebook: planned
  • Internet: planned
  • Sports sponsorship: /
  • Outdoor advertising: /
 7, 9, 14
Food Prices  

  • Data collection completed (2015, 2017)
Food Retail  

  • In-store: Full data collection started in 2015. Comparisons possible with year 2011. Some results already published.
Food Provision
  • Schools: data collection completed
  • Early Childhood Education: data collection completed
  • Hospitals: data collection completed
 2, 6, 13, 15
Food Trade & Investment    
  1. LAVRIŠA, Živa, PRAVST, Igor. Assessing the average sodium content of prepacked foods with nutrition declarations: the importance of sales data. Nutrients, 2014, 9(6): 3501-3515, doi: 3390/nu6093501
  2. DEBELJAK, Katarina, PRAVST, Igor, KOŠMELJ, Katarina, KAČ, Milica. ˝Healthier˝ and ˝less heathy˝ classifications according to three nutrient profiling systems relative to nutrition and health claims on food labels. Acta alimentaria, 2015, 44(4): 561-569, doi: 1556/066.2015.44.0028
  3. PRAVST, Igor, KUŠAR, Anita. Consumers’ exposure to nutrition and health claims on pre-packed foods: use of sales weighting for assessing the food supply in Slovenia. Nutrients, 2015, 7(11): 9353-9368, doi: 3390/nu7115474
  4. HIEKE, Sophie, KULJANIC, N., PRAVST, Igor, MIKLAVEC, Krista, KAUR, A., BROWN, Kerry Ann, EGAN, Bernadette M., PFEIFER, Katja, GRACIA, Azucena, RAYNER, Mike. Prevalence of nutrition and health-related claims on pre-packaged foods: a five-country study in Europe. Nutrients, 2016, 8(3): 1-17, doi: 3390/nu8030137
  5. ŽMITEK, Katja, PRAVST, Igor. Iodisation of salt in Slovenia: increased availability of non-iodised salt in the food supply. Nutrients, 2016, 7(8):1-7, doi: 3390/nu8070434
  6. KAUR, Asha, SCARBOROUGH, P., HIEKE, Sophie, KUŠAR, Anita, PRAVST, Igor, RAATS, Monique, RAYNER, Mike. The nutritional quality of foods carrying health-related claims in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. European journal of clinical nutrition, 2016, 70: 1388-1395, doi: 1038/ejcn.2016.114
  7. LAVRIŠA, Živa, PRAVST, Igor. Television food advertising to children in Slovenia: analyses using a large 12-month advertising dataset. International Journal of Public Health, 2016, 61(9): 1049-1057, doi: 1007/s00038-016-0896-7
  8. PRAVST, Igor, LAVRIŠA, Živa, KUŠAR, Anita, MIKLAVEC, Krista, ŽMITEK, Katja. Changes in average sodium content of prepacked foods in Slovenia during 2011-2015. Nutrients, 2017, 9(9): 1-11, doi: 3390/nu9090952
  9. LAVRIŠA, Živa, ERJAVEC, Karmen, PRAVST, Igor. Trends in marketing foods to children in Slovenian magazines: a content analysis. Public health nutrition, 2018, 21(18): 3344-3353, doi: 1017/S1368980018002513
  10. ZUPANIČ, Nina, HRIBAR, Maša, PIVK KUPIROVIČ, Urška, KUŠAR, Anita, ŽMITEK, Katja, PRAVST, Igor. Limiting trans fats in foods: use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in prepacked foods in Slovenia. Nutrients, 2018, 10(3), doi: 3390/nu10030355
  11. ZUPANIČ, Nina, MIKLAVEC, Krista, KUŠAR, Anita, ŽMITEK, Katja, FIDLER MIS, Nataša, PRAVST, Igor. Total and free sugar content of pre-packaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages in Slovenia. Nutrients, 2018, 10(2):151, doi: 3390/nu10020151
  12. ZUPANIČ, Nina, PRAVST, Igor. Conference abstract: Free sugar content in sugar-sweetened beverages in Slovenia. European journal of public health, 2018, 28(S4): 176-177, doi: 1093/eurpub/cky213.519
  13. DUNFORD, E. K., NI MHURCHU, C., VANDEVIJVERE, S., SWINBURN, B., KUŠAR, Anita, PRAVST, Igor, TOLENTINO-MAYO, L., REYES, M., L’ABBE, M., NEAL, B. C. Conference abstract (EPH 2018): The comparative healthiness of 367,500 packaged food and beverages from 12 countries. European journal of public health, 2018, 28 (S4): 232-233, doi: 1093/eurpub/cky213.680
  14. KELLY, B., VANDEVIJVERE, S., HOE, N. S., PRAVST, Igor, BOYLAND, E., ROYO-BORDONADA, M. A., CALLEJA, P., POTVIN KENT, M., JAICHUEN, N., KARUPAIAH, T., ALLEMANDI, L., COSENZA, E. L., TUTUO WATE, J., ZAMORA-CORRALES, I., GONZÁLEZ-ZAPATA, L. I., MCHIZA, Z. J. R., ZENG, L., SWINBURN, B. Conference abstract (EPH 2018): Benchmarking children’s potential exposures to television unhealthy food advertising globally. European journal of public health, 2018, 28(S4): 231-232, doi: 1093/eurpub/cky213.676
  15. PIVK KUPIROVIČ Urška, MIKLVEC Krista, HRIBAR Maša, KUŠAR Anita, ŽMITEK Katja, PRAVST Igor, Nutrient profiling is needed to improve the nutritional quality of the foods labelled with health-related claims. Nutrients 2019, 11(2), 287; doi: 3390/nu11020287
  • Slovenian Research Agency
  • Ministry of Health of Republic of Slovenia