Nestlé owned healthy meal company Freshly appoints Anna Fabrega as CEO

USA – US-based freshly prepared meal delivery service Freshly has appointed Anna Fabrega –the current chief commercialization officer- as CEO, effective immediately.   Fabrega is succeeding Freshly co-founder Mike Wystrach, who has headed the company since its inception in 2012.   Wystrach’s abrupt replacement as leader of Freshly and transition to new role as advisor to the Freshly board of directors comes less than a year after the company was purchased by Nestlé.  “It’s never an easy decision to move on from something you’ve built from the ground up, but I’m excited to take my passion for creating new innovations for consumers on to my…

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Nestlé creates new geographic zones to better address unique needs of different markets across the globe

SWITZERLAND-  The Nestlé Board of Directors has approved the creation of new geographic Zones to strengthen the company’s market-led approach and further its ability to win in a rapidly changing environment.  According to the Swiss-based food conglomerate, the architecture, effective January 1, 2022, also underscores the company’s deep commitment to succeeding in all parts of the world.  As from the beginning of next year, the company will be organized into five Zones as follows: North America (NA), Latin America (LATAM), Asia, Oceania and Africa (AOA), Europe (EUR), and Greater China (GC).  Comprised of the United States and Canada,…

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Nestlé expands plant-based portfolio with launch of alternatives to eggs and shrimps

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, has launched plant-based alternatives to egg and shrimp, further expanding its plant-based food portfolio.  The company said that the new product launches are testimony to its commitment to “offering people a variety of plant-based food and beverages that complement their daily diets, and that are good for them and good for the planet.”  Launched under Garden Gourmet vEGGie, the egg alternative is vegan, contains soy protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and achieves a Nutri-Score A in Europe.   “It is versatile for…

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Swiss food companies partner with institutions of higher learning to up skill Ghanaian youths

GHANA – A consortium of Swiss companies namely Nestlé, ABB, Barry Callebaut, LafargeHolcim and Bühler have partnered with one of the world’s leading universities, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) to launch a new master’s program in sub-Saharan Africa. The ‘ETH Masters in Africa – Engineering for Development’ is a three-year program, developed in close collaboration with Ashesi University in Ghana. ETH Zurich lecturers will work on site with Ashesi University’s professors as well as with industrial partners to teach the students from Ghana. The educational…

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Blue Bottle Coffee to help scale regenerative agriculture in pursuit of 2021 carbon neutrality goal

USA – Nestlé-owned global network of cafes in the US and Asia, Blue Bottle Coffee has pledged to help scale regenerative agriculture as part of its 2024 carbon neutrality target.  Additionally, the coffee chain has promised to carry out fundamental changes to its business operations and partnerships with suppliers so as to reduce its GHG emissions as much as possible.   Where it’s unable to reduce emissions, Blue Bottle has made a multi-year commitment to purchase the first available high-quality, registry-certified agricultural carbon credits.  Produced by Carbon by Indigo, these…

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Food giants PepsiCo, Nestle introduce tangible solution to managing, tackling waste problem in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Ceres Fruit Juices, the largest fruit juice packaging operation in Africa, has migrated from the use of plastic straws to paper straws on all its 200ml juice boxes, in a bid to tackle plastic waste pollution. Plastic waste management is a growing concern across the globe, with plastic drinking straws identified as a major contributor to this problem. The South African brand owned by PepsiCo believes that there is an opportunity to change how the world produces, distributes, consumes, and disposes of packaging in order to tackle…

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Nestlé India doubles down on women employment as Grofers works on building an inclusive work environment

INDIA –   Nestlé India, a leading food manufacturer known for its Maggi noodles and Nescafe coffee brand, is increasing the number of its women employees as part of its gender diversity efforts.   According to company Chairman and Managing Director Suresh Narayanan, around 23 per cent of Nestle India’s workforce are women, a major improvement from only 16% in 2015.   “That is not the end, we would like to do much better than this. And in fact last year in 2020, 42 per cent of all the recruitment that we did within the company were…

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Nestlé to invest US$1.28m in next half a decade to support transition to regenerative food system

WEST AFRICA – Nestlé has laid out its plans to support and accelerate the transition to a regenerative food system, aimed to protect and restore the environment, improve the livelihoods of farmers and enhance the well-being of farming communities. Some of the most important regenerative farming practices the company aims to promote include: enhancement of biodiversity, soil conservation, regeneration of water cycles, and integration of livestock. The food giant will work with its food system partners, including the company’s network of more than 500,000 farmers and 150,000 suppliers, to advance…

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Nestlé to support 40,000 young farmers adopt regenerative farming practices as part of net zero ambitions

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé is aiming to help at least 40,000 young farmers adopt regenerative farming practices as part of its efforts to create a sustainable food system.  To support young people who are passionate about farming, Nestlé said it is launching a new training platform in November to attract and train the next generation of farmers.   The training will focus on regenerative agriculture practices and improving the resilience of farms to climate change for young farmers participating in one of Nestlé’s agripreneurship programs.  Nestlé renewed focus on regeneration efforts…

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Nestlé inaugurates largest R+D Accelerator yet to bring highly differentiated innovations to the market quickly

SWITZERLAND –  Swiss food manufacturing giant, Nestlé has inaugurated its largest R+D Accelerator yet in a bid to accelerate “the translation of fundamental science into cross-category innovations” with rapid speed to market.   The new center is embedded at Nestlé’s research facilities in Lausanne, Switzerland and covers 4,000 sq m with a variety of co-working stations, prototyping kitchens and mini-production facilities.   “The Accelerator here in Lausanne is the mothership of our Accelerator network, since we work across all categories and often our innovation is based on new scientific discoveries,” a Nestlé spokesperson said.  According to Nestlé, the new center…

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