Nestlé is delighting loyal consumers around the world with seasonal twists on much-loved brands.
As the year draws to a close, the Company has launched a series of special products dedicated to local tastes.
From vanilla and walnut Nescafé Winter Blend in Mexico, to Kit Kat Claus in the UK, and a collector’s edition San Pellegrino mineral water in France, these are among the innovations tantalising taste buds across the globe.
New for consumers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic is Orion confectionery’s milk chocolate pig.
It links the Czech tradition of fasting before Christmas so as to be rewarded on the day with a plenitude-bringing golden pig, with the Slovakian idea that a golden pig guarantees good luck for New Year.
Complete with an icing kit, the figurine includes a blank chocolate plaque on which to write a message to someone special.
In Canada, Smarties’ unique Christmas line-up features a Giant Box of sugar-coated chocolate treats in festive red and green, printed with winter images. The Smarties Juniors Giant Tube has a coin slot for children to use it as a piggy bank when empty.
While for a limited period in the UK and Ireland, a Kit Kat stamped with a picture of Santa Claus is encouraging consumers to ‘Enjoy their Christmas break’.
For the first time this year in Brazil, Nestlé has launched multi-category Christmas boxes. These combine foods traditionally associated with the festive season, such as panettone and condensed milk, along with a selection of new products, and some of the Company’s most recognised brands.
Marcelo Oliveira, Nestlé Brazil’s Panettone Marketing Manager said: “We saw this as an important chance to show consumers the wide selection of items that only Nestlé can offer in one product. People can enjoy their favourites, including Nescau chocolate powder and Nescafé soluble coffee, while also sampling new items such as Nestlé Classic Wafer Biscuits.”
And in mainland China, the Nescafé Yunnan Coffee set builds on a growing trend for premium gift boxes, which consumers can offer to friends, family and acquaintances as a gesture of respect.
Containing two tins of Arabica instant coffee – sourced from China’s Yunnan Province and processed in Nestlé’s Dong Guan factory – the sets combine a particularly local flavour with what is seen as a Western trend for coffee drinking.
In Mexico, Nescafe’s newly-launched vanilla and walnut Winter Blend was conceived to meet consumers’ preference for the season.
Mixing Robusta and Arabica beans with caramelised sugar and vanilla-nut, the limited-edition jar is wrapped in a distinctive snow white label. A Christmas tree-shaped window reveals the coffee inside, while aromatic technology releases the delicate scents and flavours upon opening.
New takes on tradition
In the Philippines, emerging consumers have the opportunity to purchase Ube Keso Leche Flan, a new addition to the Nestlé Sorbetes 3in1 range. This combination is based on the traditional Filipino delicacies Puto Bumbong and Leche Flan - desserts usually served during the holidays.
Nestlé Sorbetes is inspired by the Filipino ice cream sold in the streets via festively decorated street carts. It is part of Nestlé’s Popularly Positioned Products range, developed especially for lower-income shoppers.
In France, where it is traditional to serve ice cream logs at Christmas, Nestlé Ice Cream has strong leadership in the market. In November, the Company launched a new premium range under the confectionery brand Lanvin.
Available from major retailers in three varieties - Chocolat-Praliné, Trois Chocolats and Nougat-Praliné – the Lanvin ice-cream log offers premium quality at a price favourable to those found in French patisseries.
Alexandre Krouglikoff, Ice Cream Log Product Manager, explained Lanvin’s special connection to French culture: “The association with artistry and luxury began 75 years ago with the creation of our indulgent Christmas chocolate line L’ Escargot Lanvin and was emphasised by famous advertising campaigns with Salvador Dali in the 1960s. We wish to continue this legacy today with the new premium Lanvin ice cream log range."
In Russia, premium confectionery line Comilfo has created a special 2011 chocolate gift box for female consumers.
Resembling a diary to symbolise aspiration for the New Year, the box’s design emphasises Comilfo’s association with independence, femininity and freedom. It will be available until January and again on International Women’s Day in March, this time with a Spring theme.
Also debuting this season is still mineral water Vittel’s limited edition premium glass bottle, which can be found in selected restaurants in France and Belgium until the end of December.
Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Art de la Table reflects the brand’s historical connection with the great French brasseries of the era.
Confirming Vittel’s creativity as leader in the café, hotel and restaurant sector, the label’s light aluminium design is a contemporary take on the period vogue for mosaic murals, plate glass windows, and curved architectural lines.
In addition, Italian sparkling mineral water San Pellegrino has also undergone a temporary transformation, after accepting Bvlgari’s invitation to mark the luxury jeweller’s 125 -year anniversary.
The result is an exclusive gemstone label which will appear on all S.Pellegrino bottles served and sold at Bvlgari’s international touring exhibition, currently showing in Paris until the middle of January. Until that date this bottle will be served in the city’s top restaurants and hotels, and is also available to buy in selected Parisian boutiques, including Collette.
Valeria Norreri, International Marketing Manager for S.Pellegrino, explained why the brand was approached. She said: “Bvlgari wanted every detail to be perfect. They felt that S. Pellegrino, with its worldwide reputation as the gourmet’s fine-dining water, was the natural choice.”
For table-conscious consumers' end of year celebrations all over the world, S.Pellegrino has maintained its annual tradition of producing a winter retail special, adorned this year with tiny stars.
Valeria Norreri continued: “Now is the time when people celebrate at home with a number of special things on their table. S.Pellegrino consumers are loyal to our brand and we want to thank them with the very best-dressed bottle.”
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