Nestlé launches plant-based variant of Kitkat chocolate to meet customer demands

EUROPE – Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, is taking another industry leap with the launch KitKat V, a new plant-based variant of its popular 5-finger chocolate brand-Kitkat. According to a statement from the company, the new vegan version of the iconic KitKat will be on shelves from mid-June in the United Kingdom, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Plans are also underway to roll out the new variant in other countries, including Australia and Brazil. Replicating the taste experience from a standard chocolate is however not easy task when using…

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Nestlé’s chocolate brand KitKat pledges to be carbon neutral by 2025

SWITZERLAND – KitKat, one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, bolstering Nestlé’s sustainability efforts which aim to achieve net zero emissions  throughout its value chain by no later than 2050. The Nestlé owned chocolate brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of the plan. According to KitKat, most emissions occur when producing ingredients like cocoa and milk…

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Nestlé inches closer to achieving net zero goal with launch of new sustainable packaging solutions

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé, has launched a new environmentally friendly packaging in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and accelerate move towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Among the packages recently unveiled by Nestlé is a soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content for Nestlé’s popular chocolate brand KitKat . The soft plastic food wrapper was made through a collaboration between Nestlé and a number of Australian companies comprising of CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries and Amcor…

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Nestlé fulfils wishes of plant-based fans with launch of vegan chocolate

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé is fulfilling the wishes of plant-based fans around the world by launching a vegan chocolate bar in 2020 under its popular KitKat brand. The launch follows other recent innovations from KitKat, including KitKat Ruby and KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate, using the first chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit. Nestlé, in a statement revealed that the new vegan KitKat – called KitKat V – will be launched later in the year in several countries across the globe.  During the initial launch, Nestlé…

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Ghana, Ivory Coast halt cocoa sustainability schemes run by Hershey

GHANA – The battle between Hershey and West African cocoa producing countries has escalated with Ghana and Ivory Coast cancelling all cocoa sustainability schemes that the U.S.-based chocolate maker runs in their countries. This according to Reuters follows the alleged refusal of the chocolate company to pay the premium amount tagged on cocoa sourced from the two countries, aimed at combating farmers poverty. The West African nations introduced a US$400 a tonne Living Income Differential (LID) fee on cocoa sales for the 2020/21 season. In a letter addressed to Hershey,…

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Nestlé expands its KitKat range with Honeycomb and chocolate hazelnut spread flavours

UK – Nestlé’s UK confectionery division has moved to extend its market-leading KiKat range with an addition of two new flavours, Honeycomb, and Chocolate Hazelnut spread. The KitKat two-finger honeycomb bar and chocolate hazelnut spread bar will replace the brand’s existing cookies and cream, and lemon drizzle varieties. “We’ve experienced huge demand for our two-finger KitKats this year and we know that fans love to try new flavours from the brand. We think our honeycomb and chocolate hazelnut spread varieties really hit the spot, and we’re sure they’ll become popular…

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Nestlé UK ends partnership with Fairtrade, moves to Rainforest Alliance certification

UK – Nestlé UK and Ireland has announced that from October 2020, it will move to the Rainforest Alliance certification for cocoa sourced for the KitKat brand, marking the end of the company’s partnership with the Fairtrade Foundation. The food and confectionery company said that migrating to the Rainforest Alliance certification will harmonise its cocoa sourcing accreditation  as part of the world’s largest food and beverage company global commitment to sustainably source all its cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2025. As part of the new agreement, Nestlé said that…

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Nestlé Japan debuts KitKat Chocolatory made entirely from the cocoa fruit

JAPAN – Nestlé Japan has launched the KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate , the first product to use a unique chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit. According to the confectioner, the iconic crispy KitKat wafer is coated with a 70% dark chocolate that uses the beans and pulp from the cocoa fruit as the only ingredients. The new confectionery is available in two formats; a single bar KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate and KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocalate Assort which comes in 5 and 7 bars. Nestle said that…

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Nestlé launches new KitKat and Yorkie bars with reduced sugar in UK

UK – Nestlé will be introducing new KitKat and Yorkie chocolate bars in the UK and Ireland as it continues to expand its less sugar confectionery ranges. The confectionery giant said that both bars contain 30% less sugar than comparable chocolate bars in addition to more fruit, nuts and cereal as well as more protein and fibre. Nestle will be introducing Raspberry & Hazelnut KitKat Chunky and an Oats, Apple and Cinnamon Yorkie into the markets, forming a new ‘MORE’ range from Nestle. KitKat Chunky More consists of a crispy…

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KitKat Chocolatory releases limited edition of rare volcanic chocolate bar

AUSTRALIA – Nestlé’s KitKat Chocolatory has released a new limited-edition range, KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic, made from one of the world’s rarest cocoas. The KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic is so named as the cocoa has been sourced from three volcanic islands across Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, The confectionery giant said that this type of cocoa is so scarce that it makes up less than 0.2 per cent of global production. KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic dark chocolate, which is available to consumers across Australia through nationwide online delivery, will feature three…

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