Nilani Sritharan, Company Nutritionist at Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, introduces the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) - who they are and their aims and objectives - before going on to present how the Sainsbury's CGF Southwark project is changing the environment consumers shop in to make healthier shopping baskets a reality for all .
Nilani Sritharan has a degree in Nutrition from the University of Surrey and an Executive Certificate in International Advocacy from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Nilani spent several years working in research communication and health policy roles (Dairy Council, Medical Research Council, Weight Concern, Unilever Research and Development Institute in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands), before moving into the food industry, where she has spent the last 15years.
Since 2008, she has worked for Nestle and their joint venture Cereal Partners Worldwide in the UK, Asia-Oceania and Switzerland. During her tenure, Nilani led a business strategy to reformulate breakfast cereals (>45 products) to increase their fibre and wholegrain content whilst reducing sodium and sugar, so that the entire range qualified for the Australian Heart Foundation’s healthier choice logo. She also led research projects aimed at understanding the impact of breakfast cereals on children’s nutrient intakes, the impact of grain processing on blood glucose effects and to evaluate the benefits of oat beta-glucan on different population sub-groups. She joined Sainsbury’s in 2018 as the Company Nutritionist and is currently leading a series of projects to help customers Live Well for Less. Nilani is co-chair of the food working group for the Consumer Goods Forum UK Collaboration for Healthier Lives and represents Sainsbury’s on various committees including the British Retail Consortium.