Nestlé India is ranked joint first in the second India Access to Nutrition Spotlight Index 2020. The index is an independent national assessment to measure the contribution of India’s largest food and beverage manufacturers toward meeting the health and nutrition needs of Indian consumers.
Some of Nestlé India's strengths include its overall nutrition governance and management systems that are comprehensive with a clear accountability structure, its pledge to reduce fat, salt and sugar in its products, its commitment to address the affordability of its nutritious products and its responsible marketing policies.
Commenting on India Access to Nutrition Spotlight Index, Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman & Managing Director, Nestlé India said: "We are pleased with the results of the ATNI, which recognizes our sustained commitment to nutrition, health and wellness. Nestlé India believes that nutrition is a fundamental need and the food industry has a vital role to play in enabling healthier lives. Driven by our purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we are constantly striving to increase the nutrient profile of our products, innovate with new and nutritious offerings, and are a proud signatory of the 'Eat Right Pledge' and strongly support India’s 'Eat Right Movement'. This recognition motivates us to do more and provide our valued consumers with healthier products and ensure continued commitment to transparent and consumer friendly policies."
The India Access to Nutrition Spotlight Index is published by the Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) and hosted by the Access to Nutrition Foundation, an international not-for-profit organisation. India was selected as a Spotlight Country as it has a rapidly-developing food and beverage sector. Nestlé also ranked first in the most recent flagship Global Access to Nutrition Index published in 2018.
Nestlé has launched Unleashed , a new accelerator program in pet care. The Nestlé Purina program is part of the global initiative to accelerate innovation, addressing fast-changing consumer needs and major challenges linked to the future of food and nutrition. The program aims to identify and support dynamic and creative start-ups that integrate science and technologies into innovative products and services for pets.
Unleashed leverages Nestlé Purina's Research and Development expertise and its commercial reach to foster the growth of selected start-ups. Starting in July 2020, the program gives start-ups access to pet health and nutrition expertise, proof of concept funding, as well as established commercial networks.
Dan Smith, Vice President, Research and Development, Nestlé Purina said: "Unleashed contributes to building an ecosystem in pet care where experts and innovators come together and help promote pet health and wellbeing, creating better lives for pets and the people who love them."
"In addition to support, advice and funding to prove their concept, start-ups will have access to a wide range of competences at Nestlé Purina, including training, learning and networking opportunities. We want to facilitate connections with our businesses to help the start-ups find synergies and inspiration."
Unleashed is calling for start-ups with a creative mindset and promising technologies including in the areas of personalized nutrition, proactive health & wellness and sustainable solutions including packaging.
Start-ups will be evaluated for the relevance of their business idea, scalability and business model sustainability. They will be supported by a Nestlé Purina multi-disciplinary team to help them validate their concepts within 6 months. Each selected start-up will receive funding up to CHF 50,000. Applications for the first call will close on the 31st of March 2020. The program is starting in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
Unleashed is a spin-off from the global acceleration program that was kicked off last year with the creation of the Nestlé R&D Accelerator in Lausanne, Switzerland, that was established with the objective of rapidly translating innovative ideas and concepts into new products and services across business categories. The Nestlé R&D Accelerator provides scientists, students and start-ups access to Nestlé R&D expertise and infrastructure.
Nestlé Purina has developed the first and only cat food that reduces the allergens in cat hair and dander. Purina Pro Plan LiveClear is a 100% complete, nutritious and balanced dry cat food that has been shown to significantly reduce the allergens in cat hair and dander in as little as three weeks when fed daily.
The breakthrough product stems from more than a decade of research dedicated to finding a safe, effective way to improve quality of life for cats and their owners.
As many as one in five adults worldwide are sensitized to cat allergens, therefore limiting interactions between owners and their cats. Current methods for managing cat allergens often include limiting time with the cat, isolating the cat in the home or removing the cat from the home altogether.
"Many people think that cat hair is the root of their problem," explained Ebenezer Satyaraj, PhD, immunologist for Nestlé Purina Research and lead investigator for the research," but it’s actually what’s on it – the major cat allergen called Fel d 1, a protein that cats produce naturally in their saliva."
Fel d1 is an allergen produced by all cats – regardless of breed, age, hair length, hair color, sex, or body weight. Produced primarily in cats’ salivary and sebaceous glands, Fel d1 is transferred to a cat’s hair and skin during grooming, then dispersed in the environment via hair and dried skin flakes.
The key ingredient in Pro Plan LiveClear is a specific protein sourced from eggs. When cats eat LiveClear, the protein binds to the Fel d 1 and safely neutralizes it in the cat’s mouth. By reducing active Fel d 1 in the cat’s saliva, it reduces the allergen that is transferred to the cat’s hair and dander when they groom, ultimately reducing the allergen in the environment without impacting the physiology of the cat.
Pro Plan LiveClear will be available online and at pet specialty retail outlets in the United States in April, with other markets to follow later in 2020.
Nestlé today announced the global launch of Starbucks® premium instant (soluble) coffee. The new range consists of Medium Roast and Dark Roast coffees, as well as a variety of coffee beverages and a tea latte. Available in multi-serve tins and single-serve formats, the products combine the unrivaled expertise and heritage of Nestlé in the instant coffee segment with the unique signature premium taste of Starbucks.
From February 2020 onwards, Nestlé will introduce the new range of Starbucks premium instant coffee globally in markets including the UK, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and South Africa.
The new range of Starbucks premium instant coffee is the latest innovation co-developed by Nestlé and Starbucks under the global coffee alliance, which in the last year has brought a broad range of new offerings to more than 40 markets.
"The continued strong collaboration between Starbucks and Nestlé enabled us to move at speed and to expand the Starbucks brand into the instant coffee segment. We are delighted to keep leveraging our coffee expertise to create new experiences for consumers," said David Rennie, Deputy Executive Vice President, Head of Nestlé Coffee Brands. "The instant coffee segment is growing fast globally. With the launch of Starbucks premium instant coffee, we have a new range that resonates with Starbucks consumers and will strengthen our leading position.”
"We’re very excited to introduce our high-quality Starbucks coffees in a premium soluble format for customers to enjoy," said John Culver, group president, Starbucks International, Channel Development and Global Coffee and Tea. “The speed in which this innovation came to life is an example of the power of our alliance as we further extend the global reach of Starbucks for our customers and create long-term value for both companies.”
The Medium Roast is a smooth and balanced Latin American coffee with creamy notes of milk chocolate and nuts. The Dark Roast is a fuller-bodied, bold Latin American coffee with a sweet roast flavor and notes of delicious dark chocolate.
The new coffee beverages and tea latte are directly inspired by signature Starbucks® beverages, available in Cappuccino, Caffè Latte, Caffè Mocha, Caramel Latte, and Vanilla Latte, as well as tea-based Matcha latte.
All products are crafted with the same high-quality, ethically sourced C.A.F.E. Practices arabica beans that are served in Starbucks coffeehouses around the world. This Starbucks premium instant coffee range will be sold in supermarkets and major online platforms.
Nestlé Purina today announced the expansion of its Clinton, Iowa, factory. The USD 140 million (CHF 138 million) investment will allow Purina to meet growing demand from pet owners for nutritious, science-based dog and cat foods using high-quality and trusted ingredients.
Purina, which employs 360 people in Clinton, established local operations in 1969. The expansion will add new processing and packaging lines for the production of 'dry', or kibble-based, pet foods and lead to total job growth of more than 60 positions.
The Clinton factory plays a unique role in Purina's network of 21 factories across the United States. The location is a hub for innovation and design of new products, in addition to producing flagship brands including Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan, both of which are experiencing double digit growth.
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Carrefour and Nestlé announced today that they are joining forces to help parents get their children to adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet, promoting daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. To that end, the two companies have launched the 'Adopt a Fruit, Adopt a Vegetable' initiative. This initiative falls under the banner of the broader Nestlé for Healthier Kids and Carrefour Act for Food initiatives, each launched worldwide in 2018.
Launching in Carrefour's stores, the initiative offers parents and their children free fruits and vegetables, alongside recipes providing inspiration and cooking guidance. The initiative also promotes healthier products that contain whole grain, less sugar and salt, as well as organic and plant-based products. The initiative will be launched across all Carrefour hypermarkets in France effective today, before being implemented in Argentina and Italy, as well as in other key markets for the two companies.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said: "Our commitment to the healthy development of children goes back to the founding of Nestlé. In May 2018, we took our commitment to the next level with the global launch of Nestlé for Healthier Kids. We believe we have an important role to play in helping parents promote healthier habits. In 2019 alone, we launched more than 1 300 food and beverage products designed to meet children’s specific nutritional needs. The partnership with Carrefour will allow us to build greater awareness on the importance of eating varied and healthy meals – ones that include, among other things, more fruits and vegetables. It also offers helpful tools to support parents."
Nestlé and Project STOP today received the support of the regional government of Pasuruan in East Java, Indonesia, to establish a Material Recovery Facility, a key component to create a comprehensive waste management system for communities in the area.
Currently, only 9% of Pasuruan residents have access to waste management services, of which just 1% of waste is responsibly managed. Residents have no other option and must dump their waste in the open environment.
The Material Recovery Facility will be used to manage waste collection, segregation and recycling processes at the Lekok and Nguling municipalities in Pasuruan for the first time.
Nestlé is the first food and beverage company to join Project STOP, an initiative co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ that designs, implements, and scales circular economy solutions to prevent plastic pollution in Southeast Asia.
Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, along with Nestlé and other partners, and with the support of the regional government of Pasuruan, launched the city partnership last year. Focusing on Lekok and Nguling municipalities, the initiative aims to create a sustainable, low-cost waste management system that will increase collection rates and prevent leakage to the ocean.
“We are very pleased and motivated to be partnering with Nestlé and Project STOP to develop a holistic waste management system. This is another important development to help Indonesia achieve its commitment to reduce waste in the oceans by 70% in 2025,” said H. M. Irsyad Yusuf. MM, Regent of Pasuruan. “I hope this project will be able to help us create an economically self-sufficient waste management system that can be replicated across the region. Not only will the program provide employment, it will also most importantly improve our community’s health and address the environmental issue caused by improper management of plastic packaging waste.”
“The establishment of the Material Recovery Facility is an important milestone to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive, community-based waste management system,” said Véronique Cremades-Mathis, Nestlé’s Global Head of Sustainable Packaging. “We want to build awareness, inspire action and champion innovation in addressing the global issue of plastic waste. This project is an example of how we endeavor to make a real difference that is benefiting people in the communities where we operate in.”
“Our involvement in Project STOP supports our long-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment across our global operations, one of them is located in the Region of Pasuruan,” said Dharnesh Gordhon, President Director of PT Nestlé Indonesia.
Nestlé today announced that it proposes Hanne Jimenez de Mora, Co-founder and Chairperson of management consulting company a-connect (group) AG and formerly a partner with McKinsey & Company, for election to its Board of Directors. The elections will take place at the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 23, 2020.
At the AGM, Beat Hess will retire from the Board after twelve years of dedicated service. The Board will propose the individual re-election of all other current members of the Board and the Chairman.
"Let me first and foremost thank Beat Hess for his trusted advice and highly appreciated services for many years. At the same time, I am happy with the proposal of Hanne Jimenez de Mora. As an experienced top-level consultant, she will enrich the Board with her strategic management expertise across multiple industries. I value her experience as a successful entrepreneur and as a long-standing non-executive Board member of AB Volvo," said Paul Bulcke.
With the proposed nominee, the Nestlé Board will comprise 14 members, of which twelve are independent directors. Including the proposed new nominee, Nestlé has added ten new independent directors over the last five years. The continuous refreshment of the Board enhances its diversity and adds new perspectives and experience in the different areas relevant to Nestlé.
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