Nestlé announced today that it has developed vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon, designed to complement its existing plant-based burger patties. This makes it the first food and beverage company to develop and produce all three essential elements for a no-compromise plant-based ‘bacon cheeseburger’.
This complete burger solution will first be offered to professional clients such as restaurant and foodservice operators. Nestlé’s plant-based burger patties are already available to food professionals, with the full package including the vegan alternatives to cheese and bacon following in 2020.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said, “More and more consumers are looking for delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based options when they dine out. We have now raised the bar by developing a ‘PB triple play’ of ingredients for an all-time classic: the bacon cheeseburger. We’re continuing to make good on our promise to offer consumers food that is right for them and right for the planet.”
Nestlé today announced the closing of the sale of Nestlé Skin Health to a consortium led by EQT and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) for a value of CHF 10.2 billion.
This follows the completion of customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.
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Nestlé is introducing paper straws for its packaged drinks in Indonesia and Malaysia, replacing plastic straws. This is another step forward in Nestlé's ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.
In Indonesia, the Nescafé ready-to-drink varieties Lively Yuzu and Cool Coconut will feature paper straws from the fourth quarter of this year. Starting in December, Nestlé Malaysia will pilot paper straws for its Milo UHT 125ml drink packs. These changes alone will avoid the use of a total of 70 million plastic straws across the two countries in a year’s time.
Following these pilot initiatives, paper straws will be used for other ready-to-drink products in the region.
The two market innovations are part of Nestlé’s broader vision and action plan to achieve a waste-free future. Amongst other measures, Nestlé announced in January that it would eliminate all plastic straws from its products. The company has already started introducing paper straws on products in Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Nestlé Health Science (NHSc) announced today an investment in Before Brands, specialists in early childhood allergy prevention. With its significant minority stake, NHSc has acquired the exclusive licensing rights to Before Brands' products outside the United States and also has an option to purchase all remaining equity in Before Brands in the future.
Before Brands is the inventor of the SpoonfulOneTM line, the most advanced childhood nutritional products available to reduce food allergy development risk with 16 key allergens – more than 90% of foods associated with global food allergies and more than any other brand on the market. The core technology is based on research and intellectual property licensed from Stanford University, training the child’s immune system through consistent feeding over months to years.
"This investment enhances our growing business with a new dimension: allergy prevention," said Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science. "The prevalence of food allergies among children is increasing, however, studies have shown that consistently exposing children at a very early age to a potential food allergen can reduce the development of an allergy to that food by up to 80 percent. It would be very difficult for parents to achieve this kind of consistent immune-system training to 16 different allergens on their own; SpoonfulOneTM is a convenient and natural solution that fits with the Nestlé Health Science mission of healthier lives through nutrition."
"With Nestlé Health Science, we have secured the ideal partner so that we may advance our mission to help families around the world benefit from SpoonfulOne’s advanced protein science and the new recommendations that advocate proactive, long-term feeding strategies to reduce food allergy development risk," said Ashley Dombkowski, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Before Brands. "Their expertise and global footprint will allow us to accelerate education, commercialization, and distribution activities globally."
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Nestlé is expanding its plant-based food range in the United States, its largest market, and in its home country of Switzerland.
The launches come just days after Nestlé announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including by offering more plant-based food and beverages.
In both countries, Nestlé is launching plant-based burgers and grounds, with ingredients and recipes customized to meet local tastes. All the products look and cook like raw beef and provide a juicy, meat-like taste and texture.
In the United States, Sweet Earth Foods has announced the launch of their newest products, the Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds. Both deliver on the taste and texture of beef with the environmental and nutritional benefits offered by plant-based proteins.
The Awesome Burger is made with yellow pea protein, resulting in a burger that is high in protein and fiber. Sweet Earth’s Awesome Grounds will provide the same plant-based protein in a ground version that allows greater flexibility to cook various meals and sides, such as meatballs and tacos. Acquired by Nestlé in 2017, Sweet Earth has over 60 plant-based products in their portfolio.
In Switzerland, Nestlé is introducing its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger and the new Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince. The two add to the already expanding Garden Gourmet range in Switzerland, which also includes many ‘veggie-centric’ options. The burger is made from soy and wheat protein and the mince from soy protein. Both contain natural plant extracts – beetroot, carrot, and bell pepper – and vegetable fats including chopped coconut oil.
The new Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince is just as versatile and juicy as ground beef. It is easily shapeable, making it perfect to create balls or skewers that can be seasoned to taste. It can also be crumbled up in a pan, for example to make a delicious Bolognese sauce or ‘Chili Sin Carne’.
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Nestlé today launched its expanded Chembong factory in Malaysia, now the largest Milo factory in the world. A 30% capacity increase will meet expanding domestic demand and exports to over 20 countries for Milo, the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage.
The Chembong factory started operations in 1993 and it currently employs the largest workforce among the six Nestlé factories in Malaysia. Varieties produced in the factory include regular Milo and Milo 3-in-1.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Chris Johnson, Executive Vice President and CEO of Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, said: "Malaysia is a key market for Nestlé globally and a key manufacturing hub in our Asian region. This expansion is testament to our drive to ensure strong, profitable and sustainable growth, in tandem with our commitment to continue investing in Malaysia as a key manufacturing hub for the Nestlé Group."
For more, read the press release from Nestlé Malaysia.
The UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant has begun generating renewable energy at Nestlé Middle East's Al Maha factory in Dubai.
The site at Al Maha will house 20,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, generating 7.2GWh of electricity per year. That will supply 85% of the Al Maha factory’s annual electricity consumption and eliminate 4.5 million kilograms of CO2 per year.
In total, nearly 28,000 PV panels are being installed at the three manufacturing sites of Nestlé in Dubai. The systems will generate a total of 10GWh of electricity per year. This will eliminate at least six million kilograms of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of annual emissions from 1,500 passenger cars or the energy consumption of 800 homes.
Last week, Nestlé announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This embraces the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. One of the key targets is to use 100% renewable electricity in all Nestlé factories, warehouses, logistics and offices.
For more, read the press release from Nestlé Middle East
Nestlé today joined the ‘One Planet Business for Biodiversity’ (OP2B) coalition to take bold actions in protecting and restoring biodiversity. The new OP2B initiative was launched at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Nestlé and other member companies share strategic interests in agriculture and recognize the urgency to drive transformational change in the food and agriculture systems, for the benefit of the people and the planet.
Over the past decades, the agricultural system focused on efficiency and productivity to meet the needs of the world growing population. This affects loss of diversity on farms, loss of ingredient diversity in diets, and degradation of ecosystems.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: “Nestlé believes that protecting and restoring biodiversity is essential to safeguard food production and food security now and for the future. Nestlé has for many years worked with farmers to manage their land sustainably and will continue to lead activities enhancing biodiversity”.
To achieve its goal, the OP2B initiative has identified three focus areas: scaling up regenerative agriculture practices to protect soil health; using product portfolios to boost cultivated biodiversity and increase the resilience of the food and agriculture systems; eliminating deforestation, enhancing the management, restoration and protection of high value ecosystems.
Nestlé has intensified its activities with farmers to ensure the responsible sourcing of its raw materials and it has made significant progress towards its zero deforestation goals. As Nestlé accelerates its climate change efforts, the company will scale up initiatives in agriculture to transform its value chains through land restoration, replanting trees and enhancing biodiversity.