Nestlé partners Future Meat to explore emerging technologies for cultured meat

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé  is exploring emerging technologies for cultured meat, a novel concept that is quickly gaining popularity as a more environmentally friendly alternative to animal protein.  The company in a statement said it is evaluating innovative technologies to produce cultured meat or cultured-meat ingredients with several external partners and start-ups.   Future Meat Technologies, a leading cultured-meat start-up, is one of the startups that Nestlé  has said it is working with to explore the potential of cultured-meat components that do not compromise on taste or sustainability.  “Future Meat Technologies’ novel…

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South African waste tech Kudoti wins Nestlé’s recycling championing competition

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has crowned South Africa based digital recycling platform Kudoti, as one of the five winners of its 2021 Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize, for their innovative recycling impact through technology.  The CSV Prize has been running for over 10 years and has identified multiple initiatives for some of today’s most critical environmental and social issues around the world. This year’s competition, conducted in partnership with the non-profit organization, Ashoka, was entitled ‘How do we create a waste-free future?’  It…

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Nestlé to expand manufacturing capabilities of US frozen foods facility to meet rising demand

US-Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé is investing US$100 million to expand its frozen foods factory in Gaffney, South Carolina to help it capitalize on the continued uptick in frozen food sales.  First opened in 1980, the Gaffney factory manufactures frozen food entrees for the company’s Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine brands.  The proposed plan will ensure Nestlé can continue to meet growing consumer demand for its frozen food brands includes the addition of a new production line, as well as the expansion of an existing one.   Expected to create about 160 new jobs, the new project…

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Nestle tops global access to nutrition index for second time in a row

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, has emerged the first in the 2021 global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), achieving a score of 6.7 out of the possible 10.  The Index assesses, after every three years, the world’s largest global food and beverage manufactures and their contributions to addressing malnutrition.    In 2021, Twenty-five leading F&B manufacturers were included and assessed on their commitments, practices, and disclosure – with regards to governance and management; the production and distribution of healthy, affordable, accessible products; and how they influence consumer choices and behavior.  This…

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Nestlé unveils plans to achieve water positive impact by 2025, debuts new Middle Eastern-inspired food brand

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé Waters has unveiled a new plan to achieve water positive impact by 2025 in an effort to improve the sustainability profile of its water brands and prevent unending hostility towards its water bottling operations.   Under the new plan, Nestlé Waters has committed to collaborate with partners to identify and support local solutions that will help regenerate the ecosystems in the areas around each of Nestlé Waters’ 48 sites.   As of 2025, Nestlé hopes that its new activities will help nature retain more water than the business uses in its operations, giving it the highly coveted…

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Food beverage majors partner with Carbios to launch world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

EUROPE – Major food beverage manufacturers Nestlé, PepsiCo and Suntory have partnered with French biochemistry company Carbios to launch the world’s first food-grade enzymatically recycled PET plastic bottle. According to a joint statement, sample bottles for products including Perrier, Pepsi Max, and Orangina have already been produced using Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process. According to Carbios, the successful launch of the bottles is the culmination of nearly ten years of research focusing on development of a new process to supercharge enzymes that naturally occur in compost heaps and normally break down…

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Nestlé meal delivery service unit Freshly to open new distribution center in US to meet rising demand

US – Freshly, a meal delivery service owned by Swiss food giant Nestle is opening a second distribution center in suburban Atlanta, Georgia to meet rising consumer demand.  According to a statement from the company, the new distribution center will be built at a cost of US$52 million and will create employment opportunities for another 665 workers.  Freshly announced the Atlanta project four months after it announced a US$3.2 million center in Austell projected to employ 250 people.  The subscription service delivers precooked meals that customers can quickly reheat and eat.   Freshly…

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Nespresso invests US$178m in expansion of Swiss facility to meet rising demand for premium coffee

SWITZERLAND – Nespresso, a coffee brand owned by the Nestlé Group, has invested US$178m in expanding its Romont coffee manufacturing facility in Switzerland to meet the increasing demand for premium coffee. According to a statement from Nestlé, work has already started at the site with the first new production lines expected to be fully operational by June 2022. The Romont factory, inaugurated in 2015, is the center of production for Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees, now available in 24 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The new capital injection will see…

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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 launches ‘Harvest Gourmet’ plant-based range for restaurants in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé Professional, the Nestlé arm committed to foodservice operations has introduced its plant-based range ‘Harvest Gourmet’ for restaurants in South Africa. According to the Swiss food manufacturing giant, the launch is a heed to the call of flexitarians who want to eat less meat but don’t want to feel like they are eating vegetables While South Africans continue to identify themselves largely as a meat loving nation, a significant proportion of people would like to eat less than they currently consume. And, almost half of those who…

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