Nestlé partnered with the Ministry of Water and Forests of Côte d'Ivoire to protect and restore the Cavally forest reserve and enhance the resilience of local communities.
The company's CHF 2.5 million investment will finance efforts to end deforestation within the forest reserve and restore degraded forest. It will also support transition pathways for farmers currently producing in the reserve and promote regenerative agriculture for areas around the reserve.
Cavally forest reserve is one of 234 classified forests in Côte d'Ivoire, a biodiversity hotspot under threat due to deforestation.
Côte d’Ivoire has lost much of its forest cover over the past 60 years. From 1960 to 2015, the area of its forests decreased from 16 million to 3.5 million hectares. This loss of forest was caused by smallholder agriculture.
"Halting deforestation linked to cocoa is part of our ambition to transform our agricultural supply chain, making it more environmentally friendly and resilient. This is part of our accelerated action to tackle climate change, and it will contribute to achieving our zero net emissions commitment by 2050," said Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé.
The government of Côte d'Ivoire recently adopted a national policy for the preservation, rehabilitation and extension of forests. "This partnership will strengthen our commitment to fight against deforestation caused in part by cocoa cultivation in Côte d'Ivoire and to strengthen the resilience of communities and cocoa producers. I am wishing for a successful implementation and hoping it becomes a replicable model for us to scale-up to other forests," said Alain Richard Donwahi, Ivorian Minister for Water and Forests.
The project will be implemented by the Côte d'Ivoire's Forest Agency (SODEFOR) and Earthworm Foundation, working in synergy with other stakeholders, including the cocoa communities.
Nestlé's Cocoa Plan Manager Darrell High said: "A sustainable production of cocoa that benefits local communities, the environment and the economic development of the country is possible. Our vision is for this project to serve as an example of how cocoa can be sourced in a way that simultaneously protects precious ecosystems in Côte d'Ivoire and preserves farmers' livelihoods."
The project will help to ensure that future farmers and communities cultivate cocoa and other crops outside Cavally forest areas. The project is aligned with Nestlé's participation in the Cocoa & Forest Initiative (CFI) and its action plan to ending deforestation in its cocoa supply chain as well as preserving and restoring existing forests.
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Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) today announced that three more of its U.S. domestic still water brands, Ozarka, Deer Park and Zephyrhills, have started to convert their packaging to 100% recycled plastic (rPET).
"We have made significant strides on our journey to use more sustainable packaging," said David Tulauskas, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of NWNA. "Bottles made with other bottles – like these – provide tangible proof that recycling works and the circular economy for plastics is achievable. By using recycled plastic, we are breathing new life into existing materials, reducing the need for new plastic and our carbon footprint, and supporting the 757,000 jobs in recycling and reuse activities in the U.S."
With the expansion of rPET to these brands, nearly 60% of all households in the U.S. will have access to one of NWNA’s regionally distributed spring water brands in bottles made entirely with recycled plastic.
This step brings the company closer to achieving its goals of using 25% rPET across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021 and 50% rPET by 2025.
By accelerating the use of rPET in its bottles, NWNA is leading the shift from virgin plastic to recycled plastic and helping to create an end-market for sustainable rPET. Using recycled plastic can help keep it out of landfills, waterways and oceans, and reduces greenhouse gases by 67% compared to using new plastic1.
"As we continue our brand-by-brand approach to convert our portfolio to recycled plastic packaging, we are building on the rich history of Ozarka, Deer Park and Zephyrhills and giving them new purpose," said Yumiko Clevenger-Lee, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of NWNA. "By embedding sustainability into the foundation of our brands, we are able to deliver a superior product experience that also aligns with what our consumers want and what the planet needs."
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a far-reaching impact on our communities, including an economic downturn that has hit young people particularly hard. Many schools and universities have closed their doors. Apprenticeships and traineeships have become scarcer. Youth unemployment is again on the rise.
Throughout this difficult time, Nestlé has maintained its efforts to support youth employability in Europe with the Nestlé needs YOUth initiative. Apprentices continued to go to work where possible, and trainees started to work remotely. Nestlé also organized digital training for its apprentices to allow them to complete their required curriculum. Furthermore, the company offered online training for young people working in hotels, restaurants and cafés to support them in learning new skills.
Salviano Silva, Nestlé apprentice at the Avanca factory in Portugal said: "I'm glad I could pursue my apprenticeship and gain relevant skills for my future despite the lockdown. I felt reassured with the additional safety measures taken in the factory. I'm also proud to have been part of the team that kept on producing essential products such as baby food."
Nestlé today reaffirmed its strong commitment to youth employment in Europe by supporting the relaunch of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.
Speaking at a high-level event for the renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships, Marco Settembri, CEO of Nestlé Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: "More than ever, we must invest in young people. We strongly believe in the power of apprenticeships. They help young people transition from school to the workplace and get the right skills to shape the world of tomorrow, especially green and digital skills. Since 2014, we and our partners of the Alliance for YOUth have created more than 1,100 new apprenticeship programs. We are committed to continue this journey together."
The Alliance for YOUth is a business-driven European initiative launched by Nestlé in 2014. The Alliance for YOUth brings together more than 300 companies in Europe. The participating companies have created more than 300,000 jobs and training opportunities.
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Nestlé has today joined other partners in founding the European Clean Trucking Alliance. This unique coalition brings together NGOs, shippers, logistics and consumer goods companies. Together they share the goal of accelerating the decarbonization of road freight transport in the EU.
As European countries seek to recover from COVID-19, Nestlé and the other members of this Alliance urge governments to invest in and speed up the shift towards greener transport. Further reducing CO2 and air pollution from road transport will help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal and make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent.
Paul Lammers, Head of Supply Chain for Nestlé Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa said: "We are proud to be one of the founding members of the European Clean Trucking Alliance. Improving the efficiency of our transport and distribution is crucial if we want to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Since 2014, we have reduced our CO2 emissions in logistics by more than 10% in Europe. Having more zero-emission trucks and the required infrastructure will help accelerate this move."
Nestlé is already on the road to a net zero emissions future. In September 2019, the company announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.. Nestlé will soon publish a plan consistent with this aim, including interim targets.
Some of specific actions to improve Nestlé's transport and distribution operations include:
- The recent opening of the European Transportation Planning Hub helps to manage all of Nestlé’s cross-border transportation in Europe in a more efficient way. It is helping the company to better optimize precious transportation resources, better filling trucks and linking journeys to reduce empty kilometres driven.
- Where possible, Nestlé is moving transport off the road to use alternative mode of transportation. In France, for instance the company has cut the equivalent of 27000 truck trips per year by moving the transport of its water brands Perrier to electric train.
- The acceleration towards alternative fuels and electric trucks where solutions are already available. In Italy, Nestlé has been jointly working with its transport partners to use Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) trucks. The company also continues to work closely with the industry on the deployment of electric truck technology particularly for short journeys. This will soon be the case for some parts of Nestlé’s transport operations in Europe.
As customer interest in plant-based creamers continues to see rapid growth, Nestlé and Starbucks today announced Starbucks Non-Dairy Creamers, the latest innovation from their global coffee alliance.
Building on Starbucks entry into the creamer category in July 2019, it is now expanding its existing portfolio to include non-dairy options.
Starbucks Non-Dairy Creamers are available in two flavors – caramel and hazelnut – to bring customers exciting new ways to enjoy coffee at home. Crafted with a unique blend of almonds and oats, Starbucks Non-Dairy Creamers create a rich and smooth texture with delicious flavors inspired by customer-favorite handcrafted beverages.
Starbucks Non-Dairy Creamers will be available in the refrigerated dairy aisle nationwide in the United States beginning in August.
Nestlé and Starbucks continue to innovate and expand rapidly to deliver a premium experience to coffee lovers around the world.
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Vittel and Ashoka, a non-profit organization promoting social entrepreneurship, have announced the winners of the ’Act For Biodiversity’ Challenge, a global search for changemakers who can collaborate to preserve and restore biodiversity.
The five winning projects: Health in Harmony, Farming for Nature, Renature, Camino Verde, and Forest&Life will share EUR 150,000 and benefit from support within a project accelerator. The projects focus on different impact zones and vary from fighting deforestation and promoting regenerative agroforestry to educational programs for students. Most of them include a strong element of cooperation with local communities and farmers.
Launched in January 2020, the 'Act For Biodiversity' Challenge looks for solutions that are already being implemented and engaging people and organizations across sectors to preserve biodiversity. The five winning projects were selected out of more than 200 submissions by a panel of experts on biodiversity.
Vittel has promoted biodiversity with its Agrivair program for nearly 30 years to protect its water catchment area. The company is now stepping up and expanding its activities beyond its territory. This fits with Nestlé's commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 - promoting biodiversity is a key element on this journey.
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Nespresso has announced a CHF 160 million investment to expand its Romont production center in Switzerland to meet increasing consumer demand for its high-quality premium coffees and support international development in the coming years.
"Despite the challenging times we have all been living in, this strategic long term investment reconfirms Nespresso's continuous business success and leadership in the portioned coffee segment, which we pioneered back in 1986," said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso. "It also demonstrates our continued commitment to our Swiss roots and to the long-term economic development of the region and the country, with which we share values of quality, innovation and expertise."
"These are the kind of announcements that feel good in times of crisis. Nespresso confirms that large international groups can produce competitively in our region. It’s also an investment that strengthens our region in the bio-economy field with which I’m very pleased," said Olivier Curty, State Councillor and Director of Economic Affairs and Employment at the Canton of Fribourg.
The construction of the second production hall is set to start in June 2021. It will result in an augmented capacity of 10 new production lines dedicated to producing Nespresso coffees for the Vertuo and Professional ranges and the creation of 300 new direct jobs in the next 10 years while increasing third party employment and local and regional business development. The first new production lines are expected to be fully operational by June 2022.
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As people are firing up barbecues across Europe, Nestlé has improved its Garden Gourmet plant-based burger to give it an even meatier taste and texture.
It is now so incredibly juicy and incredibly delicious that it really deserves a name that does it justice: Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger.
The new burger is appearing in stores (and on grills) across Europe now. Aside from its even more meat-like flavor and texture, the burger now also cooks better, making that transformation from raw to cooked with a satisfying sizzle.
It is the second upgrade to the Garden Gourmet plant-based burger in just over a year since it was first launched. Further improvements and innovations for the burger and other plant-based products are expected later this year, as Nestlé's plant protein experts, food scientists and chefs continue to listen to consumer feedback and create an exciting product pipeline.
Wayne England, head of Nestlé's food business, said: "As consumers around the world seek healthier, more sustainable diets, we have created some of the tastiest and healthiest plant-based foods available. The new Garden Gourmet 'Sensational' name evokes the senses that are stimulated by our burger: the visible transformation and aroma when cooking, the sound of it sizzling in the pan or on the grill, the great taste and texture."
The Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger still has some of the best nutritional values of any plant-based burger on the market, scoring a Nutri-Score 'A' rating. It also accounts for much lower CO2 emissions, water and land use than a beef burger.
It combines natural soy and wheat protein, color from natural plant extracts, rapeseed and coconut oil and a proprietary method of fermenting plant-based ingredients to boost the 'umami' flavor of the burger.
Torsten Pohl, Head of the Nestlé Product Technology Center in Singen, Germany, which specializes in plant-based foods, said: "We are focused on delivering competitive plant-based products which are both nutritious and great-tasting. Our experts continuously explore new technologies and recipes, to deliver a wide range of plant-based innovations that have the right texture, the right taste, as well as a superior nutritional profile."
Nestlé is committed to providing more delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based options for consumers around the globe. People are continuing to look for different ways to eat more healthily and lower the environmental footprint of their diets. Nestlé has announced its ambition to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including by offering more plant-based food and beverages.
Nestlé has been working in plant-based food for around 20 years. The Garden Gourmet brand enjoys a heritage that goes back around 35 years as a pioneer in plant-based food.
As Wayne England added: "We know plant-based food and we know meat substitutes. We have been doing this as long as anybody and will continue to focus our energy on what really matters to consumers – delivering truly outstanding plant-based products that are good for people and for the planet."
Other Garden Gourmet 'no compromise' products, including plant-based sausages and grounds, will also carry the 'Sensational' name going forward.