Nestlé becomes more ‘climate friendly’ with the release of a new sustainability report
The Swiss-based food giant also released its “Creating Shared Value and Sustainability Report” and the company explained how it supports “the just transition to climate-friendly and nature-positive food systems”.
Nestlé said it was sticking to its climate roadmap and reports that it has exceeded the highest carbon levels. Over the past two consecutive years, Nestlé has reported reducing its absolute greenhouse gas emissions, even as its business volume has increased significantly.
More specifically, it has achieved a reduction of 4.0 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, by switching to renewable electricity or by encouraging the use of natural fertilizers in agriculture. And it has initiated removals of 9.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents through nature-based solutions within its value chain.
He said innovation is pushing forward products with reduced environmental impact and several new plant-based, low-carbon food and drink products were launched in 2021.
The new Les Recettes de l’Atelier Incoa, a 100% cocoa fruit chocolate is an example of sustainable production, using an exclusive innovation to create dark chocolate made entirely from cocoa fruit, reducing waste by using the cocoa pulp as a natural sweetener.
Kit Kat V
The successful launch of KitKat V, the vegan version of the iconic KitKat bar, offers the same perfect balance of crispy wafer and smooth chocolate for consumers looking for plant-based alternatives in their diet.
KitKat V was developed at KitKat’s original home: Nestlé’s Confectionery Research and Development Center in York, UK.
By combining Nestlé’s expertise in chocolate innovation and non-dairy alternatives, its scientists were able to perfectly blend smooth chocolate with a rice-based alternative, resulting in Vegan Certified KitKat V.
The new plant-based bar is made from 100% certified or verified cocoa sourced from the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, for better farming, better living and better cocoa.
KitKat V launched in 2021 on shelves in Australia, Brazil, several EU countries, New Zealand and the UK, with more countries to follow in 2022.
“We used our ingredient expertise with a test and learn approach to create a delicious vegan alternative.“said Louise Barrett, Head of the Nestlé Confectionery Technology Center in the UK.
Nestlé Cocoa Plan Nestlé is also investing in cocoa-growing communities such as Didoko, Côte d’Ivoire, to help children access quality education, the company said.
Respect human rights
The company said: “At Nestlé, we are committed to respecting and promoting human rights in our value chains. The livelihoods of farmers and resilient farming communities will be essential for a just transition to regenerative food systems capable of providing quality and affordable food in the long term.
The company increased its e-commerce sales by a further 15.1%, bringing the share of e-commerce in total Group sales to 14.3% in 2021.
Nestlé said it continued to roll out its connected operations technology last year, with more than 100 locations now benefiting from a more connected workforce, better visibility across the entire production process and local flexibility.
In a year marked by supply chain constraints, Nestlé said it was able to identify changes in demand and supply in real time and deal with issues much faster.