Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012
Even before the opening of the Nescafé factory in Dongguan in 1992, Nestlé China had established an Agriculture Technical Assistance Service in Yunnan Province to encourage and support coffee cultivation, and created an Experimental and Demonstration (E&D) Farm in Jinghong. Almost 20 years on, Yunnan – traditionally a tea-growing area – has become a quality Arabica coffee-growing region.
Nestlé purchases directly from local farmers, 80% of whom are smallholders. Nestlé also supplies seeds of varieties suited to local soil conditions and climate, and advises farmers on techniques to improve both quality and yield. Nestlé’s coffee procurement supports up to 19,000 people involved in coffee farming, and since 1995, about 7,384 farmers have received training on planting, quality control and processing techniques. In 2012, eleven workshops have been organized for the Nestlé suppliers to introduce 4C and 4C sustainability standards.
Value to Society
Traditional coffee-processing methods require a lot of water – approximately 150 litres per kilogramme of green coffee. New equipment introduced in 2003 at the Nestlé E&D Farm has decreased water consumption by more than 80% and also serves to demonstrate best practice to other coffee farmers in the region.
Value to Nestlé