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Aug 23, 2019
Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince

Nestlé has today expanded its plant-based food range in Europe with its new 'cook from raw' Garden Gourmet Incredible Mince. It is also introducing a new and improved version of its Garden Gourmet Incredible Burger.

The move comes as people continue to look at different ways to balance their protein intake and lower the environmental footprint of their diets. Nestlé is committed to offering a wide range of plant-based products that taste great and offer people new veggie food experiences.

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Aug 22, 2019
Persona

Nestlé Health Science (NHSc) a globally recognized leader in the field of nutritional science, is expanding into personalized nutrition with the acquisition of PersonaTM, a leading personalized vitamin business founded in 2017. Persona will operate under NHSc’s USA-based Atrium Professional Brands.

"Persona’s expertise in personalized nutrition brings a new dimension to the growing Nestlé Health Science portfolio," said Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science. "There’s increasing interest in personalization among consumers and with this acquisition, we will bring together the technology of Persona and the trusted Atrium Professional Brands’ vitamins and supplements."

Persona’s science-based proprietary technology takes into account specific factors in a consumer’s lifestyle, history and individual needs to develop a customized nutritional assessment. Persona’s algorithm is based on thousands of research studies and the expertise of the company’s Medical Advisory Board. The individualized assessments meet consumers’ desires to find the right nutritional supplements for their unique needs, and eventually will further support the healthcare professionals in Atrium Professional Brands’ longstanding network with their recommendations to their patients and consumers.

Read the full Nestlé Health Science press release (pdf, 300 Kb)

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Aug 12, 2019
Young culinary talents

On International Youth Day, Nestlé is reaching out to more young people by launching and rolling out the Young Culinary Talents (YOCUTA) program worldwide, through its Nestlé Professional food and services business-to-business division.

YOCUTA is part of the global Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative, which aims to help 10 million young people around the world to access economic opportunities. The program is designed to develop young culinary talents, strengthening their theoretical and practical skills and preparing them for their professional career while helping the Foodservice industry to fill the shortage of skilled culinary workers worldwide. This is made possible through partnerships with Culinary Schools, Foodservice associations and Industry Partners – at no charge to the students.

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Aug 12, 2019
nespresso velosophy bike

Nespresso is partnering with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, demonstrating both brands’ commitment to a circular economy.

1000 limited edition RE:CYCLE bikes made from over 300,000 recycled Nespresso Arpeggio capsules will be available from August 12, sold exclusively on Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform velosophy.cc

Aluminium is one of the world’s most valuable resources, because it can be re-melted and reused infinitely. Designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso’s aluminum capsules, RE:CYCLE encourages consumers to consider how they can make a positive impact.

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said: “Through our collaboration with Vélosophy, we’re illustrating to coffee lovers the potential of recycling their aluminum Nespresso capsules. By using recycled capsules to make beautiful bicycles, Vélosophy brings sustainability and style together to create a truly meaningful experience, bringing to life the importance of recycling.

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Aug 09, 2019
Father and daughter eating porridge for breakfast

Nestlé is continuing to provide more nutritious choices for children with its new Nesquik All Natural Porridge.

The new Nesquik All Natural Porridge is made with 100% natural ingredients and is a source of fiber with at least 70% oats, a mix of oat flakes and oat bran. It also contains wheat and cocoa, with no artificial flavors.

Today, children in Europe still fall below recommendations on dietary fiber intake. With parents looking for nutritious and more natural options for their family, Nesquik All Natural Porridge meets the renewed trend towards oats as source of fiber at breakfast time.

The new porridge offers the classic Nesquik taste children know and love. The range includes a classic version with cocoa, as well as cocoa & banana and cocoa & apple varieties with the inclusion of real fruit pieces. The natural taste comes from the combination of cereals, cocoa and fruit.

The porridge has less than 5g of total sugars per serving (12.3g per 100g), and meets WHO EU nutrition criteria. Consumed with milk, a serving contains an additional 6g of sugars from the lactose naturally present in milk.

First launched in Germany in July, the porridge will be available in further European markets soon, including Portugal and Poland.

Last year, Nestlé presented Nestlé for Healthier Kids, a global initiative to help 50 million children live healthier lives by 2030. It includes a commitment to accelerate the transformation of Nestlé’s food and beverage portfolio worldwide, adding even more fruits, vegetables, fibre-rich grains and micronutrients, as well as continuing to reduce sugars, salt, and saturated fats. In 2018 alone, the company launched more than 1300 new products to meet the nutritional needs of children.

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Aug 07, 2019
Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes

Nestlé today launched a range of Nescafé Gold lattes crafted with plant-based ingredients. These are the first-ever non-dairy soluble coffee lattes and certified by the Vegan Society as suitable for people following a vegan diet.

The new premium Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes are made with almond, oat and coconut perfectly blended with 100% Arabica coffee beans to create smooth and creamy coffees.

Products are initially launched in the UK and Ireland before being rolled out in several markets across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.

David Rennie, Head of Beverages Strategic Business Unit, Nestlé SA, said “We are delighted to bring new coffee experiences with the launch of our premium Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes. Our iconic Nescafé brand continues to lead and embrace new coffee trends with this innovation”.

Nescafé is the world’s favorite coffee brand. These new premium non-dairy lattes complement the existing Nescafé Gold portfolio.

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Jul 31, 2019

Nestlé Indonesia today announced the expansion of its three factories in Karawang (West Java), Kejayan (East Java) and Panjang (Lampung).

The CHF 99 million investment will allow Nestlé Indonesia to increase its production capacity by 25%. The cumulative expansion is intended for a new production line for liquid drinks, such as Milo and Nescafé Ready to Drink, pure sterilised milk Bear Brand and Maggi seasoning.

“We recognize an increasingly conducive business opportunity in Indonesia, coupled with the growing demand of consumers towards Nestlé’s nutritious and high-quality food and beverage products. Producing value added products has been one of our efforts to improve the quality of life and continue to contribute to a healthier future for Indonesians,” said Dharnesh Gordhon, President Director of Nestlé Indonesia.

Currently, Nestlé factories in Indonesia produce Cerelac infant cereal, Milo chocolate malt drink, and Dancow and Lactogrow milk powder, as well as instant Nescafé soluble coffee and coffee mixes.

For more information, read the Nestlé Indonesia press release

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Jul 29, 2019
Boys playing football

Youth teams from across Asia, Africa and the Americas are taking part in the first Milo Champions Cup, kicking off with a training session with Barça Academy at Cuitat Esportiva starting July 30.

Nestlé’s Milo brand and FC Barcelona are promoting physical activity, healthier lifestyles and the unique values that only sports can teach through their partnership.

Ten teams with a total of 80 kids will represent their country in a five-a-side tournament to be the first winner of the Milo Champions Cup. The teams of eight players under 12 years old must include boys and girls, and the rules state that at least one female player must be on the pitch for each team at all times.

For the first time in football, the player that shows the best behaviour and fair play in each game will be awarded with the ‘Milo green card’ as recognition of their sporting spirit.

The event will start with a Barça Academy training session where kids will learn the football methodology, philosophy and values of FC Barcelona. They will also take part in individual team training sessions.

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Jul 26, 2019
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO

Organic growth of 3.6%, with continued strong real internal growth (RIG) of 2.6% and pricing of 1.0%. Increased growth was led by the United States and Brazil.

Total reported sales increased by 3.5% to CHF 45.5 billion (6M-2018: CHF 43.9 billion). Net acquisitions had a positive impact of 1.1% and foreign exchange reduced sales by 1.2%.

The underlying trading operating profit (UTOP) margin reached 17.1%, up 100 basis points. The trading operating profit (TOP) margin increased by 90 basis points to 15.5%.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO: "We are encouraged by our first half results and have made further progress toward our 2020 financial goals. Disciplined execution and fast innovation contributed to improved organic growth and profitability. Our growth was broad-based with our largest market, the United States, performing particularly well. Across our categories increased investment behind our brands and in innovation is clearly paying off, as reflected in our strong momentum in PetCare and the return to mid single-digit growth in coffee. Our Starbucks launch has been a great success so far and we plan on further geographic expansion and product innovation to make the most of this unique opportunity. Active portfolio management will continue to sharpen our strategic focus and position the company in attractive high-growth businesses. Our value creation model is clearly delivering the expected results and will support sustained profitable growth."

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Jul 22, 2019
Starbucks Creamers

Nestlé and Starbucks today announced the launch of Starbucks Creamers allowing the Starbucks brand to enter the refrigerated creamer category for the first time. The products were developed combining Starbucks well-loved flavors with Nestlé expertise and leadership in the creamer category to give consumers a new way to enjoy their Starbucks coffee at home.

Earlier this year, as a part of the global coffee alliance, Nestlé launched a range of 24 Starbucks products across various platforms. Nestlé and Starbucks continue to drive strong momentum and bring a premium coffee experience to consumers in the grocery aisle and via the Foodservice channels.

David Rennie, Head of Beverages Strategic Business Unit, Nestlé S.A., said "The global coffee alliance has allowed us to develop and launch new Starbucks products at an unprecedented speed. We are very pleased to expand the Starbucks brand into the creamers category less than a year after we closed the deal. We will continue to move fast to deliver great Starbucks coffee experiences to our consumers around the world."

Starbucks Creamers offer a great taste and creamy texture that celebrates the coffee in the finished cup. They will be available in three flavors: Caramel, White Chocolate and Cinnamon Dolce. They are inspired by customer-favorite handcrafted beverages served at Starbucks cafés: Caramel Macchiato, White Chocolate Mocha and Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

Beginning this August, these products can be found in the U.S. where groceries are sold and via select online retailers.

"We know that Starbucks customers are passionate about their coffee, and with Starbucks Creamers we are delighted to give them another way to enjoy their favorite Starbucks experience and flavors at home and outside our cafes," said Duncan Moir, president, global channel development at Starbucks.

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Jul 16, 2019
KitKat

Nestlé has announced it has created a unique chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit, using the beans and pulp as the only ingredients and therefore not adding any refined sugar.

Nestlé plans to introduce the first product in Japan in the autumn of this year through its KitKat Chocolatory. Further products in other countries will follow next year, through some of Nestlé’s most popular confectionery brands.

Nestlé has developed a natural approach, which allows it to extract the pulp and use it in chocolate with no compromise on taste, texture and quality.

Until now chocolate has been made with the addition of refined sugars. This patented innovation delivers a great tasting chocolate using only one ingredient – the cocoa fruit.

Patrice Bula, Head of Strategic Business Units, Marketing and Sales at Nestlé, said: "We’re proud to bring chocolate lovers a new chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit without adding refined sugar. This is a real innovation which uses the natural sweetness of the cocoa pulp to provide a pure, novel chocolate experience."

The cocoa fruit contains cocoa beans and cocoa pulp. The pulp surrounds the beans, it is soft, sweet and white in colour. Some of the pulp is used in the fermentation of the cocoa beans after they are harvested, but a significant proportion is usually removed and the value is lost. Until now it has not been used as an ingredient to naturally sweeten chocolate.

With the announcement today, Nestlé reaffirms its leadership in the confectionery category by driving innovation and creating new, natural and exciting products. Nestlé was the first to bring Ruby chocolate to market in 2018 with KitKat, first in Japan and then across Europe.

For more details on the launch in Japan, read the press release (pdf, 100 Kb)

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Jul 10, 2019
Valvert water bottle made of 100% recycled plastic

Today, natural mineral water brand Valvert in Belgium launches its new bottle made entirely from recycled PET (rPET), a first for Nestlé in Europe. This innovation is a step further towards meeting Nestlé's commitment to increase the rPET content in its water bottles to 35% globally by 2025.

Valvert only uses already used bottles to produce the new bottle, and no new virgin PET needs to be created. Valvert has been able to secure a reliable supply of the high-quality, food grade rPET that is required for bottled water. This will allow not only the launch of the 100% rPET bottle of 150cl, but also a 50% rPET bottle of 50cl at the same time. The goal is to have the 50cl bottle also made entirely of rPET by the end of 2019.

"We believe the new Valvert 100% rPET bottle is a gamechanger in the next generation of sustainable packaging, stimulating a bottle-to-bottle circular economy", said Emmanuel Gruffat, General Manager of Nestlé Waters Benelux.

The launch of Valvert rPET bottle is an important milestone in Nestlé's innovative approach to tackling packaging waste and commitment to a circular economy.

"At Nestlé we want to take up our responsibility towards our consumers and help shape a more sustainable future", said Michel Mersch, CEO Nestlé Belgilux. "We are determined to look at every option available to help solve the plastic waste challenge and we are embracing multiple solutions that can have an impact now such as developing new materials, improving collection and recycling schemes and driving new behaviors. R&D is in our DNA and we intend to leverage this expertise to serve this goal. We are therefore proud to launch the new Valvert 100% rPET bottle as another milestone in achieving a circular economy and in our journey towards sustainability."

Last year, Nestlé Pure Life with 100% rPET bottles were launched in North America. America’s spring water brand Poland Spring also announced its plan to convert its portfolio to recycled plastic by 2021.

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Jul 04, 2019

Osem, Nestlé's Israeli subsidiary, today announced that it agreed to sell its Noga ice cream business in Israel to Froneri. The decision completes the transition of Nestlé Europe, Middle East & North Africa (EMENA) ice cream businesses into Froneri, a joint venture set up in 2016 between Nestlé and R&R.

Marco Settembri, CEO Zone Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Nestlé commented: "With its continued growth and global prominence in the ice cream market, Froneri’s success speaks for itself. This milestone deal marks the final stage of the transition of our EMENA ice cream business into Froneri, further strengthening its presence in the region."

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Jul 02, 2019
YES! snack bars

Nestlé has announced today the launch of its YES! snack bars in a new recyclable paper wrapper. In a breakthrough innovation, for the first time a confectionery bar has been packaged in paper using a high-speed flow wrap technology.

This launch has unlocked the potential for recyclable paper packaging to be widely used in the confectionery industry. Up until now, high-speed production of shelf-stable snacks was only achieved using plastic films and laminates. Now paper can be used at large scale while guaranteeing product quality and freshness over the entire shelf life.

This paper wrapper is a further step in Nestlé’s commitment to make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The wrapper is widely recycled in the countries where it will be available. The paper is from sustainable sources, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

Patrice Bula, Head of Strategic Business Units, Marketing and Sales at Nestlé, said: "Consumers are looking for more natural and sustainable options when they choose a snack, both in terms of ingredients and packaging. Our YES! bars are made with wholesome ingredients that celebrate and care for Nature's diversity. We are now relaunching them carefully wrapped in paper, making the packaging easy to recycle and avoiding plastic waste."

YES! snack bars are 'tasty by nature' with wholesome ingredients such as fruit, vegetables and nuts. Among others, flavors include Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt & Almond; Dark Chocolate, Banana & Pecan; and Raspberry & Chia Seeds.

Each YES! nut bar is vegetarian, high in fiber, and a source of protein. The fruit and vegetable bars are vegan, gluten free, lactose free, high in fiber, have no added sugar and contribute to one of your five a day.

With the new paper wrapper and a wider range of flavours, YES! is now being launched in more countries. It will now be available in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More countries in Europe and beyond will follow soon.

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Jul 02, 2019
girl drinking milk

Nestlé will break new ground in supply chain transparency through a collaboration with OpenSC – an innovative blockchain platform that allows consumers to track their food right back to the farm.

Through this collaboration, Nestlé becomes the first major food and beverage company to announce that it will pilot open blockchain technology in this way. This is part of Nestlé’s journey towards full transparency.

Founded by WWF-Australia and The Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, OpenSC has developed a platform that will give anyone, anywhere access to independently verifiable sustainability and supply chain data.

The initial pilot program will trace milk from farms and producers in New Zealand to Nestlé factories and warehouses in the Middle East. Later, the technology will be tested using palm oil sourced in the Americas. These pilots will allow Nestlé to understand how scalable the system is.

Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A. said, “We want our consumers to make an informed decision on their choice of products – to choose products produced responsibly. Open blockchain technology might allow us to share reliable information with consumers in an accessible way.”

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Jun 21, 2019

Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie – Nestlé Waters today sign a partnership with seven other companies to establish a not-for-profit Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) to support the growth of a strong, resilient domestic packaging collection and recycling ecosystem.

PRO Vietnam’s ambition is that, by 2030, all packaging materials put into the market by its participating members shall be collected for recycling.

"We are pleased to be joining the coalition, which is recognized by the government of Vietnam, to drive circular economy and make recycling of packaging more accessible and sustainable," said Mr. Ganesan Ampalavanar, Managing Director of Nestlé Vietnam. "Nestlé has a longer-term ambition to stop plastic leakage into the environment. Our involvement in PRO Vietnam will further accelerate our efforts to realize this ambition."

PRO Vietnam will focus its activities on three pillars: first, educating consumers on recycling awareness and segregation; second, strengthening the existing packaging collection ecosystem; and third, supporting recycling programs of processors and recyclers.

Working with stakeholders, including the government, PRO Vietnam aims to improve livelihood conditions and create jobs for individuals and businesses working on post-consumer packaging.

This announcement follows a series of specific initiatives and steps to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste, in line with Nestlé's commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

For more information, read the PRO Vietnam press release (pdf, 590 Kb).

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