Mar 7, 2014
Grumpy Cat wins new Friskies deal
Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation and the face of Friskies, has had her contract to promote the petfood brand renewed.
Grumpy Cat was originally signed to endorse the brand in September 2013 but the deal has now been extended into 2014.
Internationally famous for her pessimistic yet hilarious photo memes and viral videos, Grumpy Cat has a fan base that includes almost one million Facebook fans, and wide appeal across social media.
Grumpy Cat has also taken the real world by storm with a movie deal, a book on the New York Times bestseller list, a branded coffee drink, and an expanding line of merchandise, making Grumpy one of the biggest cat celebrities of all time.
Read the St Louis Post-Dispatch’s article on how Grumpy Cat “makes a lot of people happy”.
Mar 6, 2014
Nestlé dedicated to women’s empowerment worldwide
As the United Nations meets this week for its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event, Nestlé has shared its efforts to empower women and girls worldwide.
Nestlé works in cooperation with almost 750,000 women to provide technical and business skills. The company aims to boost education, training and opportunities, to encourage the professional development of women in the marketplace and community.
The UN event focuses on Gender Equality and the Global Jobs Challenge, with the aim of increasing quality employment opportunities for women around the world.
Read more about how Nestlé works to empower women.
Flickr images: discover the highly skilled women working with Nestlé.
Mar 5, 2014
A coffee farmer’s story in Côte d’Ivoire
Coffee farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are improving their agricultural practices as the demand for Nescafé coffee grows in the country and across the globe.
Nestlé is committed to providing Ivorian farmers with more than 27 million high-yielding disease-resistant plantlets which will be developed by the Nestlé Research and Development Center in Abidjan. This will help Nestlé source coffee sustainably, working closely with farmers to ensure competitive prices and traceability.
Read more about coffee farmer Francois Dadi Serikpa, from the Ivorian region of Gnamagnoa, who is just one of more than 147,000 farmers in eleven countries taking part in the Nescafé Plan.
Mar 5, 2014
Nestlé partners with the World Society for the Protection of Animals
Nestlé has announced a partnership with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), a global NGO that has been working with governments, communities and international agencies to improve animal welfare for more than 30 years.
Nestlé is the first major food company to form a global partnership with an animal welfare NGO. The WSPA will work with Nestlé and its suppliers to further improve farm animal welfare in Nestlé’s global supply chain.
Read more about Nestlé’s Commitment (pdf, 102 Kb) and Responsible Sourcing Guidelines on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 2 Mb), and view WSPA’s announcement on the partnership.
Mar 3, 2014
Nestlé tops list of most admired food companies again
For the ninth year in a row, Nestlé has been named the world’s top consumer packaged goods company, according to Fortune Magazine. It is the 17th year in a row that Nestlé has been among the magazine’s Most Admired Companies.
Read more on Fortune’s website
Mar 3, 2014
Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award for Maxime Pascal
French conductor Maxime Pascal has won the Young Conductors Award at the Salzburg Festival 2014. The 28-year-old came top of 81 competitors, with a jury led by conductor Ingo Metzmacher. Maxime Pascal receives a 15,000 euro prize and the opportunity to conduct the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in a Salzburg Festival concert at the Felsenreitschule music hall next August.
"Now in its fifth year, the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award shows, once again, how much sense it makes to give young directors the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at such a renowned Festival like Salzburg. We are delighted to support the careers of these young talents with our unique initiative, and to introduce them to a wider public with this award," Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said.
Read the Salzburg Festival press release
Feb 27, 2014
Peter Brabeck discusses why water is vital with CNBC
Take part in the discussion about the important issue of water availability around the world on Mr Brabeck’s Water Challenge blog
Read about how Nestlé is helping to address the issue of water scarcity in its global operations.
Feb 27, 2014
CNN travels to the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast with Nestlé
CNN’s Richard Quest travelled with Nestlé’s global head of operations, José Lopez, to the west African country’s cocoa plantations to explain what Nestlé is doing to eradicate child labour from its supply chain and to improve the social and economic conditions of cocoa farmers.
Watch the CNN documentary in full.
Read about Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan.
Read what Nestlé is doing to address issues of child labour.
Head of the Fair Labor Association, Claudia Coenjaerts, explains why transparency and accountability are key when transforming the cocoa industry. Watch the CNN interview with Claudia Coenjaerts
Feb 26, 2014
Nestlé tops Oxfam’s Behind the Brands Scorecard again
Nestlé has retained its number one ranking in the Behind the Brands ranking, a scorecard for the food industry published by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Oxfam. Oxfam ranks ten consumer food and beverage companies against a set of criteria which includes their policies towards women in their supply chain, farmers and land rights.
Nestlé’s leadership in efforts to combat climate change is recognised with a score of 8 out of 10 on that indicator, a score Oxfam describes as ‘good’. The company also outperforms its peers on the issues of workers’ rights, transparency and water policy.
Nestlé has supported the efforts of Oxfam and other NGO’s in their efforts to make progress towards a sustainable food system while making clear its belief that cooperation between civil society, government and business is the best way to bring this about.
Find out more about how Nestlé allows independent auditors to examine its activities and how it Creates Shared Value throughout the supply chain.
New York Times: Food and drink industry makes progress on development – Oxfam
Bloomberg: Nestlé tops Oxfam list
Feb 25, 2014
Orange Smarties are the only sweet
Nestlé UK recently helped one wedding party add a splash of colour and even more sweetness to their Big Day by providing them with thousands of specially ordered orange Smarties.
Just a week before Peter and Karen Barrett were due to tie the knot in the UK, the brother of the bride asked if there was any way that Nestlé could help him source the orange sugar-covered buttons as a surprise. He discovered that these were the chief bridesmaid’s favourite sweet and knew it would put a smile on everyone’s face. As luck would have it, the production cycle at Nestlé’s Hamburg Smarties factory meant that they were able to meet the request and a special delivery of freshly made orange Smarties were sent directly to the wedding party, just in time.
Find more fans on Facebook and further information on Smarties.
Feb 21, 2014
Launch of Global Forest Watch
Nestlé supports Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online transparent mapping application providing data about what is happening in forests worldwide. GFW is intended for use by stakeholders in the world’s forests who seek to better manage forests and improve local livelihoods.
This application permits companies to know exactly what is happening in their supply chains without physically being on the ground and to see and address who might be contributing to deforestation among its suppliers by mapping global "hot-spots".
This initiative is part of the commitments made in 2010 in favour of tracking the source of our products.
Find out more about Global Forest Watch
Read more on Nestlé and deforestation
Bloomberg: Google using Earth app to help save rain forests
Feb 20, 2014
Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin talks about the US coffee revolution
Watch the CNBC interview
Read an interview with Mr Duvoisin on the goals and ambitions of the new VertuoLine large-cup coffee system
Feb 19, 2014
New Nespresso system a "game changer"
Nespresso is launching a new large-cup coffee system in the US and Canada, aiming to secure a major segment of a market worth nearly $5bn each year in the US alone.
The new VertuoLine system, the result of almost a decade of research, has been designed to meet the tastes and preferences of the North American consumer, creating an American-style large-cup coffee as well as the authentic European espressos for which the brand is famous.
Read the full story...
Bloomberg: Nestlé supersizes Nespresso for US coffee drinkers
Images: Download pictures of the new coffee system from the Nestlé Flickr stream
Feb 18, 2014
Nestlé invests CHF 8.5 million in Papua New Guinea factory
Nestlé has unveiled the first stage of a CHF 8.5 million investment to expand production at its factory in Papua New Guinea, creating an additional 75 jobs. The three-year project includes the installation of new equipment at the Lae factory to increase annual production by almost one third. The expanded production will meet increasing local demand for Maggi brand noodles and bouillons.
"Nestlé has been operation in Papua New Guinea for more than 30 years and our commitment goes well beyond manufacturing nutritious products. We also support the local economy by sourcing large amounts of raw materials locally and implementing agricultural programmes to support and train local farmers," said Nestlé Executive Vice President Nandu Nankishore at the inauguration ceremony.
Read the full press release.
Feb 17, 2014
Huffington Post Blog: Health is Wealth
In a blog post entry on The Huffington Post, Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke explores why we only value health when we no longer have it and what the food industry can do to help accelerate a change in understanding.
“I believe that the food industry is ready to engage and ready to take responsibility. Of course, this implies some big changes but that has been the fate of the food industry from its very beginnings: responding to new and evolving societal needs and requirements,” he writes.
Read the full blog entry on The Huffington Post.
Feb 14, 2014
An Italian romance from chocolate brand Baci Perugina
Watch the latest advert from quintessentially romantic Italian chocolate brand Baci Perugina.
Explore the history of the Italian brand’s boutiques
La Repubblica (Italian): How the Baci chocolate became an icon
Images: Find a selection of photos of our iconic brand in our Flickr photostream