On June 4 – 6, Nestlé Canada, Nestlé Nutrition and Nestlé Health Science participated at the Annual National Dietitians of Canada Conference in Quebec City, providing Nestlé with an opportunity to connect with over 650 Canadian dietitians.
“Having the opportunity to talk to and gain valuable insights from hundreds of dietitians working in hospitals, long-term-care and home care is one of the main reasons we have participated at the conference for over 20 years,” says Heather Wile, Director Medical Scientific and Regulatory Unit, Nestle Health Science.
Nestlé had a strong presence at the conference, spanning three booths, showcasing a range of products and speaking to dietitians about the improvements and changes in our products and packaging. Nestlé Canada was there featuring the new SMARTIES portioned-packaging and reduced sugar NESQUIK – both products that were improved as part of Nestlé’s global commitments to only sell children’s products that meet Nestlé’s Nutritional Foundation Criteria for an individual portion by the end of 2014. Other products featured at the booths included: Del Monte, Skinny Cow and the new DELISSIO Rustico; Materna, Good Start 2 and Gerber Baby and Toddler Cereals and Snacks from Nestlé Nutrition; and Boost 100 Calories and Peptamen from Nestlé Health Science.
“Every year reinforces that participating in this conference is an excellent opportunity to share Nestlé’s nutrition, health and wellness commitments and receive valuable one-on-one feedback from dietitians,” says Kate Cole, Registered Dietitian & NHW Manager, Nestlé Canada.
In addition, Kate Cole gave a presentation on Canadian Consumer Understanding of Different Labelling Options on Nutritional Information and Portion Size and Cindy Steel, Registered Dietitian & Medical Affairs Manager, Nestlé Health Science, presented the results of her research Nutrition Screening Practices across Care Settings in Canada.
Once again, this year’s event was a huge success. “As an important group of key opinion leaders, the dietitian community can have a huge impact on Canadians’ choices, as they’re trusted advisors for many and are often seen in the media speaking about nutrition,” says Kate Cole. “Their opinion really matters to Canadians, so having them taste our products and learn more about the improvements we’re making, and for us to see their positive reaction, helps to reinforce that we’re headed in the right direction”.