Olam, Nespresso lend their expertise in coffee industry to communities in DRC as part of bio-diversity protection initiative

DRC – International development organizations, USAID, TechnoServe, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Asili, have partnered with leading food industry players Nespresso and Olam Food Ingredients to launch the Gorilla Coffee Alliance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The five-year initiative is aimed to breathe new life into the region’s coffee industries and communities, in a bid to foster vital economic growth in the coffee sector while preserving local ecosystems in Kivu. One of its main focuses is to reduce the threat facing the region’s endemic and critically endangered Grauer’s…

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Nestle on track to attain sustainability goals in first net zero carbon emissions dairy farm

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé has announced that its first carbon neutral dairy farm, Skimmelkrans in George, South Africa, is past the halfway mark to reaching the net-zero carbon emissions goal. The project was launched by the food giant last year December with the commitment of becoming carbon net zero by 2023. Assessing the progress made so far, Nestle notes that the farm which produces products such as Nestlé MILO and Nestlé NESPRAY, has already attained 11% increase in milk production per cow, 40% reduction in energy by using solar and…

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Italian company Hebron Plc invests US$1.8m in production of coffee capsules in Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA – Hebron Trading Plc, an Italy headquartered company, has set base in Ethiopia, investing Birr 80 million (US$1.8m) to add value to locally grown coffee, packaging them into capsules used for brewing espressos. The company based in the recently inaugurated Yirgalem Agro-Industrial Park, is currently undertaking machinery and equipment installation and targets to launch in the market by July, reports Addis Fortune. Once completed, Hebron will be the first company to locally produce the value-added coffee product in Ethiopia Ethiopia’s coffee exports accounted for 28.6% of the country’s foreign…

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Nestlé posts 7.7% organic growth in Q1 as Heineken remains resilient amid mounting challenges

EUROPE – Nestlé, the world’s biggest company, has recorded 7.7% organic sales growth in the first quarter, driven by a boost in coffee sales and a gradual recovery in out-of-home channels. Heineken, the world’s second largest beer company, has on the other hand, managed to maintain its beer sales at 2020 levels despite of challenges such as alcohol bans and on-trade sale restrictions in a majority of its markets.   According to a statement from Nestlé, the company recorded Q1 net sales rose to CHF 21.09 billion (US$23.02 billion), up…

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Nestlé joins EU cage-free egg call as Nespresso expands Swiss facility to meet rising demand for coffee

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé is now using only cage-free eggs in all its food products in Europe, as part of its wider commitment to animal welfare. To accelerate industry wide adoption of the practice, the company has now joined a call for the European Union to outlaw cages in animal farming, starting with laying hens. Nestlé says the call was inspired by the results of the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘End the Cage Age’ which calls for the end of cages in animal farming across Europe. In 2018,…

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