Forward thinking food

When it comes to sustainable diets, the environment and nutrition cannot be separated. We have more people on our planet to feed than ever before and that number is estimated to grow to almost 10bn by 2050. To feed everyone in the most sustainable way we are all going to have to eat less food overall. This means the food we do eat is going to have to be as nutritionally good for us as possible.

Nutrition is a very personal topic. Our bodies all respond differently to different foods and so there will never be one answer that is right for everyone. That’s why so many Arla products are designed to give a bit of extra goodness to fit a specific lifestyle.

And it’s a bit like farming. Every farmer has to farm a little differently depending on the world around them. Soil type, the weather, the number of cows and calves they have, the size of their farm will all play a part in the decisions our farmers make. That’s true of the milk and dairy we buy too. The cost, the packaging, the size of our families, the needs of our lifestyles and our taste buds all impact what type of dairy we buy, or whether we buy it at all.

But for the sake of the planet, the thinking that should guide us all is; how do we get all the nutrients our bodies need, by eating the smallest amount of food necessary, balanced in the right way for our bodies and designed to make us feel full. Health experts around the world agree that the most nutrient dense foods in the world include products such as milk, steak, eggs, liver and salmon. Our diets must also include a varied intake of fruit and vegetables rich in different vitamins and minerals, all supporting the body in different ways.

To play our part in producing the healthiest and most natural products, we have spent over 15 years working to ensure significant sugar reduction across our portfolio and we now have stretching targets as part of our nutrition criteria. When you buy an Arla product that carries health messages, you can be sure it contains a balanced mix of nutrients and fulfils all of the below criteria requirements:

Storytime with Jonny and Jelly

We’ve made a special storybook about the life of a real dairy farmer, Jonny, and his cow, Jelly, to provide a fun and engaging way to introduce children to dairy farming and to support their understanding of dairy nutrition.

Eating healthily

When you buy an Arla product that carries health messages, you can be sure it contains a balanced mix of nutrients and fulfils all of the below criteria requirements:

There is a high content of protein and calcium, along with a range of vitamins and minerals
Fat and protein content is balanced, like milk in its most raw form 
We place clearly defined limits on the amount of added sugar, salt and fat

Sustainable food

We want to make it easy for everyone to eat healthily. It’s that simple. But we also know that sustainable food means not wasting what we have. Arla was the first dairy company to move from Use by to a Best before date on its fresh milk, because we know that its is still safe to drink after the recommended date. And we’ll keep working on helping people use up all their dairy so that the efforts by the land, the cows and the farmers to produce this nutritious food, never gets wasted.

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