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The Better Food Index

A ranking of the 30 largest food and drinks companies in the UK on their actions and commitments towards a fair and sustainable food system.

In a nutshell

Food companies have an enormous impact on the planet, our health and our livelihoods. And yet, much of the food on our supermarket shelves is made by opaque companies that are rarely scrutinised.

The Better Food Index ranks the UK’s 30 largest food and drinks producers according to their performance and transparency around key measures of sustainability, affordability and nutrition.


The rankings table reveals the leaders and low-performers at the top of the UK food industry based on their scores across the Index pillars. This is the second iteration of The Better Food Index, published on 23 May 2023.

The data

Explore the 100+ indicators that make up The Better Food Index. Some data points are modified before scoring and may not directly reflect a company’s final score.

The pillars

The Better Food Index is organised into 5 performance-based ‘Walk’ pillars: Environment, Social Impact, Nutrition, Affordability, Financial Sustainability.

Transparency, and a stand-alone commitments-based ‘Talk’ pillar which tracks companies’ targets and memberships are measured separately.


Focuses on the impact of the companies on the environment, from emissions to water use to deforestation-free sourcing.

Social Impact

Focuses on social responsibility, ethics and justice, including indicators on equal pay, modern slavery and animal welfare.


Focuses on the nutritional content of products a company produces, such as high levels of salt, fat, sugar and reformulation.


Focuses on the relative pricing of goods different companies produce, as well as the pricing of healthier foods.

Financial Sustainability

Focuses on the capacity of a company to absorb financial shocks and sustainably grow.


Focuses on the comprehensiveness of companies’ reporting.


Focuses on companies memberships and commitments.


The Better Food Index uses over 100 indicators from a range of public sources, as well as original analysis of company product portfolios.


Researched by Maddy Diment, Sophie Barnett, Will Mower, Jeevan Vasagar, Joe White and Alex Inch. If you would like to get in touch with the team, please email betterfoodindex@tortoisemedia.com.

Insight reports

The Tortoise Intelligence team creates bespoke insight reports on our indices, and offers licensing of our data. Please contact charles.sheppard@tortoisemedia.com for more information

Further reporting