Global food companies team up to avoid Maggi-like fiasco in India

INDIA - To avoid another Maggi-like fiasco, global food companies such as Cargill, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Danone, Tesco, Metro Group and Amazon have come together in India to work with the government, the regulator and academia to ensure food safety. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which is managed by France-headquartered international trade organization Consumer Goods…

Maggi compliant with latest FSSAI norms, no ash added – Nestle

INDIA - FMCG major Nestle India said today that Maggi complied with the latest guidelines of food safety regulator FSSAI and it does not add any ash to its popular noodles. District administration of Shahjahanpur, UP, had slapped a fine on Nestle India and its distributors last week after Maggi had allegedly failed to pass…

Nestle to close its DR Congo factory next year

DRC - Swiss food giant Nestle announced on Sunday (Dec 3) that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a potential market of 80 million people but one beset by poverty and political instability. "We will close our factory and offices by the end of January and continue developing…

Nestle faces fine over high ash content in Maggi noodles

INDIA - Nestle India Ltd, a unit of Swiss packaged food company Nestle SA, has been told to pay a fine after a Lucknow-based laboratory found ash content higher than the permissible limit in samples of Maggi noodles, the company’s biggest revenue earner. A Nestle India spokesperson however denied that any ash was added to…

Nepresso expands its coffee-sourcing programme in Colombia

COLOMBIA – Nepresso has announced it will expand its coffee-sourcing programme into Colombia regions formerly impacted by conflict as part of its US$50million investment for sustainable coffee production. According to the company, President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board where he welcomed the company’s commitment, citing the investment as an important contribution…

Nestle Myanmar imports to reduce by 50% once new factory opens

MYANMAR - Imports of Nestle products to Myanmar would be reduced to 50% next year when the firm’s recently opened factory in Dagon Seikkan Township of Yangon reaches full production. Hayri Devrim Cobek, managing director of Nestle Myanmar, said all the Nestle products in Myanmar have been from other Asian countries until this year, but…

Marico enters soup segment, plans healthy snacks too

INDIA - Marico started selling Saffola soups last week, entering a Rs 450 crore (US$70 million) segment that is dominated by Hindustan Unilever and Nestle. The move is part of its strategy to launch healthy, in-between snacks and at the same time, add premium products to its portfolio as it targets a 70% increase in…

Nestlé’ changes infant nutrition business structure, appoints R&D head

SWITZERLAND - The world’s leading food, nutrition and health company, Nestlé has decided to change the management of its infant nutrition business unit ‘to enhance further the company’s ability to win in this high-growth category’ from January 2018. The company plans to move the infant nutrition unit from the globally managed Nestlé Nutrition to a regionally…

Nestlé announces US$70m expansion to its Purina plant in Hungary.

HUNGARY – Nestlé has announced US$70.84 million investment for expansion to its Purina plant in Bük, Hungary, as a strategy to focus on capital spending on the advancing high-growth food and beverage categories. According to FoodIngredinetsFirst, Nestlé has- over the past seven years- spent around US$160 million on developing its plant in Bük, Hungary, transforming…

Backward integration has built our capacity, improved local content – Nestle MD

NIGERIA - The Managing Director, Nestle Nig Plc, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, has said his company’s Backward Integration Policy (BIP) and the use of more familiar and common ingredients has not only improved the nutritional profile of their products, but also boosted the economy. At the launch of the company’s new variant of seasoning, Maggi Naija…