We are increasing the price of a number of our Nestlé and Uncle Tobys cereals. As we appreciate that no one likes a price rise, we’d like to explain why we’ve done this.
Our factory is in the small Victorian farming community of Wahgunyah, on the border of Victoria and NSW. We support farmers in a number of ways - among the most important are through the National Oat Breeding Program, and by prioritising buying oats from farms near our factory.
In the last year, we’ve seen neighbouring farms affected by first drought, and then frosts, which has had an impact not just on those farmers, but the whole community. It’s also made it harder for us to source the oats and grains we need, particularly oats that meet the higher specifications of the superior Uncle Tobys oat, and we’ve had to look further afield to find enough. Right around Australia, the cost of grains has risen significantly.
It’s not just the price of grains that has affected us. Since mid 2018, as well an average increase of 37% in the price we pay for oats and other grains, we’ve also seen increases in the prices of fruits and nuts (10%), and since 2015, increases in the cost of electricity (28%) and gas (21%).
At the same time, we’ve aggressively reviewed every aspect of our operations so that we can absorb as much of the impact of the costs as possible, and don’t have to pass all the increase on. On average, our prices are rising by an average of 6.3% - although it varies between products – which is considerably less than the increase in the cost of producing them.
With our roots in Australian farming for the last 125 years, there are two things we don’t want to compromise: the superior quality of Uncle Tobys oats, and our commitment to buying from Australian farmers.
The Nestlé Don’t Waste Your Waste study, developed in partnership with Planet Ark, has been released today and paints a concerning picture of our nation’s overly optimistic opinion of our recycling habits.
Released on Global Recycling Day, the study highlights the need for further investment in education on recycling to help Australians minimise what we send to landfill and reduce recycling contamination. On the positive side the study revealed that an overwhelming majority of Australians (96%) are eager to recycle while four out of five also want to reduce their waste more generally. Additionally, 75 per cent are worried about the impact waste has on the planet and the legacy they leave the next generation. However, 94 per cent of people still put one or more non-recyclable items in their recycling bin, highlighting the confusion preventing us from being better recyclers.Nestlé Recycling Infographic
Nestlé has created its first ever KitKat range for employees only to mark International Women’s Day and the launch of its new Gender Balance Acceleration Plan.
The delicious KitKats, featuring the rosy hue and berry flavour of ruby cocoa, have been specially designed by KitKat Chocolatory Chocolatier Connie Yuen for exclusive distribution to all 4000 Nestlé employees in Australia and New Zealand.
Nestlé Oceania CEO Sandra Martinez, who guided the creative development of the packaging, said the pack includes a message to inspire all employees to make their mark.
Nestlé today laid out an action plan to increase the number of women in senior executive positions globally. This underscores Nestlé’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for everyone at the company.
Nestlé has made progress in recent years increasing the number of women in managerial positions. Today, 43% of these roles are held by women. With its Gender Balance Acceleration Plan, Nestlé will now put further emphasis on increasing the proportion of women in the group’s top 200 senior executive positions from around 20% currently to 30% by 2022. This is another step in Nestlé’s journey towards gender parity.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: “It is simply the right thing to do. We believe that a more diverse workforce with more women at the top will reinforce our inclusive culture and make Nestlé an even better company. We are setting measurable goals to hold ourselves accountable. We know that improving gender balance will lead to better decisions, stronger innovation and higher employee satisfaction.”
Nestlé has embedded gender balance in all its Human Resources practices. The company was recently included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). Nestlé is now building on this momentum and setting new goals to drive further action.
Nestlé today laid out an action plan (pdf, 800Kb) to help end deforestation and restore forests in its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. This plan is part of the company’s commitment to support the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, a new public-private partnership bringing together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the cocoa and chocolate industry. Nestlé today also disclosed its cocoa suppliers to increase transparency.
Nestlé is fully committed to achieving deforestation-free commodities by 2020. The company is strengthening transparency and traceability in its supply chain and is already using a combination of tools, including certification, supply chain mapping and satellite imagery. The Nestlé Cocoa & Forests Action Plan, alongside the disclosure of Nestlé’s cocoa suppliers in Ghana (pdf, 500Kb) and Côte d'Ivoire (pdf, 500Kb), will accelerate the company’s journey to stop deforestation.
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We are excited to announce the semi-finalists for Nestlé’s 2018 Creating Shared Value Prize.
From over 1000 entries, 56 applicants have now been shortlisted. Working in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, they each seek to address a growing need for good nutrition, safe water and economic opportunities.
The prize – established eight years ago – supports social entrepreneurs tackling the world’s biggest issues in nutrition, water and rural development. Winners receive crucial funding to scale up their initiatives and make a lasting impact on people’s lives.
The votes are in and it’s official – cheeky Allen’s Cola Frogs have hopped ahead of Unicorns in the 2019 Allen’s Loll-ection to secure a coveted place on Woolworths’ shelves nationwide this February.
Record numbers of Aussies flocked to have their say in the sweetest election of the year, with Cola Frogs winning a stunning 65 per cent of the vote.
Leaping into their own solo bag, the newest addition to the Allen’s range will delight fans by bringing the best of two sweet worlds together, combining the iconic Frog shape that locals have adored since 1982 with the delicious cola flavour.