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  • Sep 2, 2014

    Turning waste into wares


    NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto used coffee capsules can now be recycled every year and turned into new products and materials as part of a new capsule recycling program launched in Australia and New Zealand.

    The partnership, between TerraCycle and Nestlé, will not only help to reduce the number of NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee, milk and tea pods going to landfill, but the scheme will also benefit charities as a percentage of each capsule will go to a not-for-profit organisation.

    Consumers will be able to mail their used NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto capsules free through Australia Post to TerraCycle. For every capsule collected over a 2kg shipment, participants will earn up to two cents per capsule to be redeemed for a payment to a charity of the consumer’s choice.

    The capsules will be then recycled into two streams: residual coffee grounds will be separated and sent to an industrial composting facility, instead of going to landfill. The plastic capsules will be melted down, pelletised and made into a range of new sustainable products such as park benches, garden pavers, and a range of home accessories.

    Click here for the full story.



  • Aug 28, 2014

    Nespresso to invest CHF500m in sustainability initiatives


    Nespresso: Investing in sustainability to 2020>

    A new Nespresso sustainability strategy to 2020, based on a CHF500 million (EUR414 million) investment, will improve farmer welfare and drive environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption.

    The new initiative, The Positive Cup, builds upon the steps that Nespresso has already taken over the past five years.

    Read the full story.


  • Aug 25, 2014

    MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen Goes Country


    Maggi Pop Up Kitchen Goes Country

    More than 150 teenagers from a regional town in New South Wales got the chance to cook up a healthy storm at the first ever MAGGI Pop Up Kitchen this week.

    A team of Nestlé nutritionists and culinary experts travelled to an indigenous community in Coonamble in the state’s west, to give students aged between 12 and 17, two days of fun, hands-on cooking demonstrations and nutrition tips.

    Read the full story.


  • Aug 22, 2014

    Nestlé announces farm animal welfare commitment


    Nestlé announces animal welfare commitment

    Nestlé has announced a major pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.

    The agreement means that the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestlé with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards.

    Nestlé, with its global purchasing footprint, also becomes the first major food company to form an international partnership with an animal welfare NGO.

    Read the full story.


  • Aug 21, 2014

    Helping women play a bigger role in cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire


    A woman working on a cocoa farm in Côte d’Ivoire


    Nestlé has launched a series of workshops this week in Côte d’Ivoire, from where it sources much of the cocoa for its chocolate, aimed at helping increase women’s participation in the country’s cocoa industry.

    The workshops are part of Nestlé’s broader goals to raise awareness of gender issues through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, which seeks to improve the lives of cocoa farmers, eliminate child labour and improve cocoa productivity.

    Those attending the workshops, including cocoa producers, community leaders and the head of women’s associations, are discussing ideas and strategies to increase the role and participation of women in the country’s cocoa co-operatives.

    The workshops are also an opportunity for participants to better understand the gender concept in the cocoa supply chain and to discuss ways to overcome social and cultural barriers, which tend to consider cocoa as a male-only business in Côte d’Ivoire.

    The first training session is taking place at Nestlé's Experimental Farm at Zambakro, near the capital, Yamoussoukro.

    The workshops stem from a recent Action Plan (pdf, 546 Kb) created by Nestlé to improve the lives of women working in the cocoa communities in Côte d’Ivoire.

    Nestlé believes that when women are empowered, they raise healthier families and their children are more likely to go to school rather than work on cocoa farms.

    Read more about what Nestlé is doing to improve the lives of women who work in cocoa communities in Côte d'Ivoire and about Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan

    Watch a video on how Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan is empowering women in Côte d’Ivoire.




  • Aug 20, 2014

    Nestlé Purina takes key step to help ageing pets maintain brain health


    a dog and a cat on a couch

    In order to help cats maintain their mental capacities into older age, Nestlé Purina, one of the world’s leading pet care producers, has developed a nutritional supplement consisting of fish oil and antioxidants.

    Nestlé Purina will begin adding the nutritional supplement, known as Brain Protection Blend, to select Purina products for cats and dogs in the next 12 to 18 months.

    Read the full story.



  • Aug 11, 2014

    Henri Nestlé turns 200


    vintage picture collage 

    Nestlé is celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Henri Nestlé, the man who founded an infant cereal business that, after its merger in 1905 with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Co, would grow into the world’s biggest food and beverage company.

    Born two centuries ago in Germany, Henri Nestlé’s sense of scientific innovation, combined with an instinct for marketing and global ambition continues to shape and drive the company today.

    Read the full story.



  • Jul 7, 2014

    Nestlé Australia and New Zealand implement Health Star Rating


    lady-looking-at-label  

    Nestlé Australia and New Zealand announced that they will be implementing the voluntary Health Star Rating scheme that was approved by the Federal Government last month.

    We will begin rolling out the front-of-pack Health Star Rating scheme on products in Australia and New Zealand by the end of the year.

    Under the Government’s scheme certain foods will be exempt from displaying the Health Star Rating symbol on packs such as infant nutrition products, foods for special medical purposes and single ingredient foods such as coffee.

    As part of our commitment to supporting the public health agendas of the Australian and New Zealand governments and providing consumers with transparent nutrition information, we will also introduce an easy to understand on-pack Portion Guidance Device in both countries.

    Click here for the full story.



  • Jun 29, 2014

    Purina’s “Dear Kitten” is digital catnip for consumers


    A video produced by Buzzfeed and Nestlé Purina’s Friskies brand in the United States has become the most popular Buzzfeed film of the year, with more than 12 million views in its first few weeks online

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    “Dear Kitten”, which sees an older cat passing his wisdom on to the household’s newest arrival, is the latest piece of dog and cat-related content Purina has created with the site after it became the first company to launch a branded page there two years ago.

    See the Buzzfeed film here.



  • Jun 27, 2014

    Nestlé expands medical nutrition production in Japan


    a production line in the Kasumigaura factory

    Nestlé Health Science is increasing its production of medical nutrition products designed for Japan’s ageing population, opening a manufacturing plant within its Kasumigaura factory, near the capital, Tokyo.

    Products made at the factory will include liquid and vitamin-rich foods specially designed for the elderly and used in hospital and nursing homes across the country.

    Read more



  • Jun 23, 2014

    Nestlé takes first step towards made-to-measure vitamins


    illustration of vitamins 

    The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) and Waters Corporation – a company based in Massachusetts, USA – have begun working together on a groundbreaking new research project which could one day lead to the development of made-to-measure vitamin combinations tailored to individual needs.

    The collaboration initially aims to develop a new generation of tests for measuring the amount of vitamins in body fluids such as blood and urine. It builds on NIHS ’s expertise in nutrients and micronutrients research, and Waters’ state-of-the-art analytical technologies.

    Current laboratory analysis of nutrients in biological samples lack sensitivity, are slow and can only measure a limited number of molecules at once. This project will develop new methods that can measure a broad range of nutrients and micronutrients – particularly vitamins and their related metabolites – in a quick, accurate and robust way.

    Read the full story about the collaboration (pdf, 66Kb) and Bloomberg's feature on how Nestlé is re-shaping personalised nutrition.



  • Jun 18, 2014

    World’s favourite coffee brand, Nescafé, launches REDvolution


    Nescafé picture collage 

    Nescafé, the world’s first instant coffee and the fifth most valuable food and drink brand, is launching a unified, global look and feel across all products in the 180 countries where the coffee is sold.

    It is the first time in the brand’s 75-year history that each and every Nescafé product will share the same visual identity and use the same new slogan: “It all starts with a Nescafé”.

    Nescafé is our largest single brand, a CHF10bn brand, and one of the cornerstones of our company. It is a symbol of Nestlé all around the world,” said Patrice Bula, Nestlé’s Global Head of Marketing.

    The unified approach to packaging design, communication and digital strategy for Nescafé, drunk at a rate of 5,500 cups each second, will feature several key design elements developed with new, younger consumers in mind.

    Read the full story.



  • Jun 13, 2014

    KitKat all aboard for Japan railway recovery


    train decorated in cherry blossoms and KitKat logo

    Train travellers in northern Japan can use KitKat as train tickets as part of a pioneering scheme to rejuvenate tourism in a part of the country devastated by the earthquake and tsunami three years ago.

    It is the first time a Japanese rail company has allowed chocolate bar packaging to be used as a valid travel pass.

    Read the full story.



  • Jun 12, 2014

    Study could smooth lumps from powdered drinks



    Nestlé scientists are the first to develop a theory that predicts with greater accuracy the way in which certain soluble substances will dissolve in water.

    It could enable the creation of powdered food and beverage products that produce fewer lumps and a smoother texture when mixed with liquid.

    Read the full story.



  • Jun 4, 2014

    Strong start for Nestlé’s youth employment initiative


    Since the start of the year more than 4,000 young people under the age of 30 have benefited from ‘Nestlé needs YOUth’, a programme designed to help tackle youth unemployment in Europe.

    Almost 1,500 have been found regular full-time jobs. A further 1,500 have been given apprenticeships or enrolled in training programmes, and more than 1,100 have received temporary contracts from Nestlé.

    Nestlé has pledged to find employment opportunities in Europe for more than 20,000 young people under 30, strengthening their professional skills to help them find jobs - within the company, with its suppliers, or elsewhere.

    Read the full story.



  • May 29, 2014

    Indigenous students create Masterchef magic


    Indigenous students from three high schools in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia took to the kitchen this week, learning healthy cooking and nutrition tips from a professional chef and nutritionist from Nestlé Australia.

    The students from Role Models and Leaders Academies (RMLA) at Broome, Derby and Fitzroy took part in Nestlé’s Mother Daughter Nutrition program which has been running throughout Indigenous communities around Australia.

    The Mother Daughter Nutrition Program is a crucial part of the Nestlé Aboriginal Youth Development Program which was developed as a way to engage in early intervention programs to support and educate young people, in partnership with local indigenous organisations and communities.

    As part of the tour to the remote communities, the students learn how to cook healthy and cheap meals as well as advice on how to read food labels and nutrition tips.

    Click here for the full story.


  • May 23, 2014

    Nestlé joins CocoaAction


    women taking care of cocoa plantlets 
    Nestlé is supporting a new strategy organised by the World Cocoa Foundation to promote sustainability in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

    The plan, known as ‘CocoaAction’, will help to coordinate and align the sustainability efforts of the world’s largest suppliers and buyers of cocoa.

    Twelve major multinational companies are backing the initiative so far.

    It complements the Nestlé Cocoa Plan which seeks to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their crops.

    Speaking at the Cote d’Ivoire launch of CocoaAction, the Head of Nestlé’s confectionery business Sandra Martinez said that working together with other companies and the Ivorian Government will boost efforts to build an economically viable cocoa supply chain.

    “CocoaAction will assist a transformation across the cocoa sector, and so will help our Nestlé Cocoa Plan to have greater impact on the farmers and their families in our supply chain,” she said.

    CocoaAction will also be launched in Ghana on Thursday.

    Read the World Cocoa Foundation announcement of CocoaAction.

    Visit the Nestlé Cocoa Plan website.



  • May 23, 2014

    Nandu Nandkishore speaks at the WEF on East Asia


    Nestlé’s Executive Vice President Nandu Nandkishore is taking part in a panel at the World Economic Forum on East Asia about Rethinking Economic Growth. He addresses the issue of food security and the importance of sustainable agriculture - watch the webcast