Dr Alan Barclay

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed noted accredited practicing dietician, chef and nutritionist, Dr Alan Barclay, as the new Health and Nutrition Advisor to support evidence-based advocacy in the Health space.

The NRA continues to expand its offerings with this appointment, bringing food service and retailer needs to the table, and obtaining commercially viable outcomes for the industry.

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said this new appointment will help Australian retailers navigate through food standards and producing net positive nutritional outcomes.

“Our members have been calling out for assistance  with consumer demand and increasing regulation,” Ms Lamb said.

“NRA members have been seeking advocacy on a broad range of significant health, nutrition and food regulations over the past 12 months, including country of origin labelling, food labelling, health star ratings and the first Food Standards Australia and New Zealand review in 20 years.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr Barclay as our Health and Nutrition Specialist. Dr Barclay has over 20 years’ experience as a dietician, and has the unique insights needed to work with our retailers and help government understand the commercial realities of the industry.”

Dr Barclay will be an invaluable addition to the NRA’s work in Health, as the industry faces challenges surrounding sugar content and changing consumer behavior. Dr Barclay also serves as a media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and is a trusted voice when it comes to nutrition.

“I am excited to bring my wealth of experience to the National Retail Association and help Australia’s food retail sector thrive,” Dr Barclay said.

“Many food companies in Australia employ dietitians or nutritionists to help develop new healthy foods and drinks, or renovate existing formulations, to bring them more in to line with national and international dietary guidelines. I look forward to working with government and industry to balance food taste and quality with increasing regulation.”