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Aug 06, 2019

The FIRST ever MILO Champions Cup held in Barcelona Spain courtesy MILO and FC Barcelona came to a close on August 3rd, 2019. Teams from Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago competed valiantly, tying for 2nd place in the League Cup both advancing to MILO Champions Cup Final. 

Team Jamaica takes first place in MILO Champions Cup
Team Jamaica takes first place in MILO Champions Cup

The teams consisting of 6 boys and 2 girls vied against teams from Chile, Colombia, Eastern & Southern Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam in the group (League) phase of the competition. After each team played the other in the League on August 1st and 2nd, team Trinidad & Tobago and Team Jamaica emerged winners via a tie; both teams having amassed the highest number of match wins and goal differences. 

 

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Jun 11, 2019
Jamaica Labour Day

To mark Labour Day in Jamaica, employees in Nestlé Jamaica were up at sunrise to participate in the upgrade of the Duhaney Park Recreational Park facilities. The Nestlé Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation to install playground equipment for a Children’s area, paint walls in and around the children’s area, install the Nestlé Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation “Five Healthy Habits” Mural and plant trees throughout the Park. Under the MOU, the Nestlé Jamaica Health and Wellness Foundation will adopt the Duhaney Park Recreational Park for a three-year period.

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Jun 10, 2019

What is Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of force required to pump the blood in the arteries so that it can circulate through the body. A certain amount of blood pressure is vital to the life of cells as this is what pushes fluids carrying nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Blood pressure also helps ensure the elimination of waste materials from the cells out of the blood and into the urine as the blood passes through the kidneys. As a result, pressures that are too low or too high can cause medical problems. However, although low blood pressure causes tiredness and in some cases, mental depression, it is not life threatening. High blood pressure, in contrast, is far more serious and can be fatal.

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Jun 10, 2019

 

MILO® and sports go to together like MILO® and milk! MILO® takes kids' development seriously and has long been known as an energy beverage strongly associated with sports and good health.

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Jun 10, 2019

Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited is pleased to share that the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and the Employer’s Consultative Association have joined the Alliance 4 YOUth programme as part of the Nestlé needs YOUth employment initiative that aims to support the youth of T&T to improve their employability.

The Alliance for YOUth is an alliance of organizations, all of whom share a common concern about the issue of youth unemployment as one of the most dramatic social issues affecting all of us. The companies joining the Alliance are committed to work hand in hand to foster both job employability and job creation.

The partners understand the positive impact that youth employment has on society and believe that by focusing their efforts on helping young people be better prepared to enter the world of work they can make a lasting contribution to society.

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Jun 10, 2019

Nestlé has delivered consistent sustainable performance and growth in a difficult trading environment, according to its 2015 Annual Report (pdf, 8Mb), published today.

In their letter to shareholders that introduces the report, Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Chief Executive Officer Paul Bulcke said they were confident that Nestlé will continue to deliver on its long-term commitment to organic growth of 5-6 percent.

As Nestlé celebrates a century and a half of business, they describe how the company is extending its business beyond food and beverages, by creating Nestlé Health Science and Nestlé Skin Health.

"It is our size and our scale that allows us to invest heavily in these new areas that have the potential, over the long term, to offer great benefits for society," said Mr Brabeck-Letmathe and Mr Bulcke.

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Feb 11, 2019

Tip 1: Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day for at least 5 days per week reduces your risk of developing heart diseases and some cancers

 

Tip 2: Plan daily workout sessions, set timely goals, track progress and record your results for reference

 

Tip 3: Carry a water bottle with you daily. This will help you to choose water while helping you to save



Tip 4: Did you know that thirst is often times confused with hunger? When you’re feeling hungry, drink water!

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Feb 05, 2019

Did you know that your hand guides you perfectly on how many nuts to have as a snack?

Plating

Plating a balanced plate for your child is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1 (Rich carbohydrate foods)
2 (high protein foods)
3 (veggies).

Here’s an example.

 

Children vs Adults - Sandwiched

What’s a good portion of a sandwich for a child and the typical adult?


½ sandwich – Child’s Portion

1 sandwich – Sedentary Adult’s Portion

 

Children vs Adults – Ice Cream

1 scoop of icecream is good for a child and 2 scoops are good for an adult


1 scoop - Child’s Portion

2 scoops – Adult portion

 

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Jan 01, 2019

It's 2019! Many of us struggle with sticking to New Year’s resolutions. Here are some tips to help you with starting or maintaining habits for a happy, healthy, you!



Resolution Tip 1:
Find out what motivates you! For every goal, there's a motivation... So when the going gets tough, it’s time to tap into what inspired you in the first place.

 


Resolution Tip 2:
Pick 1 Goal! You are more likely to succeed in reaching your goals if all your energy is focused on achieving one goal, so why not just pick one thing to change? After you reach that goal…then you can start with Goal #2!

 


Resolution Tip 3:
Create milestones! Set more realistic goals through milestones. Instead of aiming to lose 30lbs, try 30 lbs over a period of time, example 3 months, and aim for 10 lbs each month. Setting milestones gives a sense of working towards a bigger goal while still making progress.

 


Resolution Tip 4:
Be positive! 
It's easy to be positive when things are going well, but remember to encourage yourself and surround yourself with positive vibes (people, quotes and thoughts) when you start to feel discouraged.

 


Resolution Tip 5:
Plan Mini Rewards Plan mini rewards for milestones! Don't we all like presents? Give yourself a mini prize to work towards for achieving a milestone. Encouragement sweetens labour.

 


Resolution Tip 6:
Identify negative patterns. It's easy to do what we have always done - running on autopilot…but some of our patterns may be preventing us from becoming our best selves. How about doing a self-assessment and taking steps to kiss negative patterns goodbye!

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Oct 16, 2018


Nestlé has today helped launch a new initiative to prevent food loss and waste in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The #SinDesperdicio (‘without waste’) platform will be led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with partners from the private, public and civil society sectors. A number of companies from the food and technology sectors are participating, including Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Femsa Foundation, Grupo Bimbo, IBM and Oxxo.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 127 million tons of food are lost and wasted annually, or around 223 kilograms per person per year. This phenomenon takes place in a region where close to 42 million people suffer from acute undernutrition.

The platform will promote four areas of work: innovative projects, national and local public policies, knowledge generation and responsible consumption habits.

Laurent Freixe, CEO of Zone Americas at Nestlé, said: “We are a part of #SinDesperdicio because we recognise that no one can solve the problem of food waste alone. We have to work together to turn the tide for people and the planet. Nestlé is doing its part, including aiming for zero waste for disposal at all our sites by 2020, and fighting food waste together with our suppliers and consumers.”

Read the press release from the IDB

Read more about what Nestlé is doing to combat food loss and waste

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Oct 03, 2018

 At Nestlé, our engagement with Youth through our Nestlé Needs YOUth program is a long-term commitment aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This extends to the theme of this year's United Nations International Youth Day - Safe Spaces for Youth.  

Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. (http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/)

For International Youth Day, our Nestlé Needs YOUth interns shared their thoughts on what Safe Spaces for Youth in the workplace means to them.

   

"To me, Safe Spaces for Youth in Nestlé means having an invaluable, safe and well-balanced working experience. It allows me to grow as a professional by encouraging me to be more proactive and mindful, broaden my horizon by interacting with a diverse workforce whilst engaging in educational and fun activities."

– Zareen, Human Resources Intern

 

"Nestlé is a company that prides itself on safety and the general wellness of their employees, as such, they ensure that all staff members are adequately trained in health and safety measures. The implemented security efforts are of a high standard and they ensure we have the right safety equipment available. On a more psychological note, the constant reminder that certain actions carried out by individuals may be deemed hazardous, reassures us that we're collectively striving for the maintenance of a safe work space."

- Marlon, Corporate Communications Intern

 
 

"The fact that Nestlé's property is a controlled and secure space, gives me peace of mind." 

- Vania, Marketing Intern

 

“Safe spaces for Youth for me means, encouraging and ensuring an open and inclusive platform for all young individuals of diverse backgrounds regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation etc., to express themselves through their opinions and ideas without criticism, as a means towards inspiring and facilitating positive change within their society. Nestlé has given me the opportunity to further progress both professionally and personally by allowing me to share my thoughts and encourage ethical practices.”

– Nikita, Sales Intern

 

 
   

“Safe Spaces for Youth, to me, means a workplace environment that allows younger employees to feel not only more comfortable but also, more secure. The atmosphere in Nestlé is such that you are welcomed into a caring family that wants you to practice safe behaviours and be comfortable around your colleagues.”  

- Robin, Corporate Communications Intern

 

"Nestlé Jamaica limited makes me feel safe in many ways. There are multiple areas that require extra safety, such as the Distribution Centre where we are required to wear our safety gear."

- Karla, Customer Service Intern

 
   

"Nestlé is big on safety and as such, they implement and ensure that we have a safe working space. For example, holding onto the handrails while going up and down the staircase and the requirement to wear safety equipment in designated areas such as the warehouse."

- Kamal, BICE Intern

 

"In my view, ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’, refers to creating an environment that is conducive for learning and also comfortable for persons to showcase their creativity. At Nestlé, they allow individuals like myself to make independent decisions in the company. Not only do you feel heard but when you have a good suggestion for improvement, they allow you to take the mantle and lead the way. Nestlé is like a family that embraces you and supports your growth."

– Jael-Joy, Nesté Professional Intern

 

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Oct 01, 2018

Nescafé today launched Grown Respectfully to express how it works in a respectful way to deliver you a great-tasting cup of coffee every day.

Grown Respectfully (watch the video manifesto) encapsulates the work Nescafé has been doing since 1938, to help farmers grow more and better coffee via Nescafé Plan’s three pillars – respect for farmers, respect for communities and respect for the planet.

"From the day Nescafé was invented 80 years ago, sustainability has been at the heart of our iconic brand," said Mario Vera, Vice President, Global Communications, Beverages, Nestlé. "Consumers are increasingly interested in sustainably sourced products. They want to know where the coffee beans come from and how they are produced."

"Through Grown Respectfully, Nescafé will convey real and inspiring farmer experiences. We will also bring to life the tremendous contribution farming communities make in providing quality coffee to consumers worldwide," he added.

Using various channels, including product packaging, Grown Respectfully will help communicate the full breadth and depth of Nescafé Plan’s sustainability program, and its impact on people and the planet.

The Nescafé Plan was first launched in 2010, and Nescafé will have invested CHF 350 million by 2020 under the plan.

With a network of 300+ agronomists, Nescafé provides training and technical assistance on good agriculture practices to more than 100’000 farmers every year to improve coffee productivity and quality. It has also distributed 160 million high-yielding coffee plantlets to renew ageing trees, support better farmer incomes and livelihoods, and aim to distribute 220 million by 2020.

Grown Respectfully reflects also how Nescafé contributes to Nestlé’s broader company purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

Read how the Nescafé Plan helped Eduardo in Mexico turn his life around, and supports coffee farmers worldwide.

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Sep 26, 2018

Nestlé makes equal pay pledge

Sep 26, 2018


Nestlé has today pledged to help accelerate the pace towards equal pay for equal work, at an event in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Sep 24, 2018

Nestlé has today again been recognized as one of the most engaged companies in the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Announced at UN Headquarters in New York at the start of the UN General Assembly week, Nestlé was reconfirmed as a Global Compact LEAD company.

Nestlé has demonstrated its commitment to the UN Global Compact by sharing best practices and providing leadership in activities that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Each year Nestlé reports on its progress towards the UN Global Compact ten principles

"The key to long-term success for our company is to create value for our shareholders and society. We call this Creating Shared Value, which fully reflects the aims and goals of the UN Global Compact. We are proud to be a LEAD company," said Christian Frutiger, Global Head Public Affairs, Nestlé.

Nestlé joined the UN Global Compact in 2001.  It is proud to be part of a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders that are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Nestlé’s priorities are in those areas where business interests most closely match those of society. These include nutrition, with a special focus on children; developing thriving and resilient rural communities; and stewarding natural resources for the future, above all water.

For more information, please see the UN Global Compact press release

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Sep 18, 2018


Water is the main component of the body of all living things. It is the most important element for life after the air we breathe. Water accounts for two thirds of our body weight and is so important that a person can be up to two months without eating, but just less than a week without water. Let us remember that many of the organics functions (for example, digestion or breathing) use a significant amount of water, that all body fluids contain water, and that it regulates the body temperature.

Also, drinking plenty of water is the best treatment for fluid retention. The body interprets the lack of water like a threat to survival and begins to store every drop. This manifests with swollen feet, legs and hands.
Water helps maintain proper muscle tone and does it by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to prevent loose skin after a major weight loss.

Helps eliminate toxins. During weight loss the body needs to eliminate more toxins, all the metabolized fat must be eliminated. Appropriate amounts of water will help eliminate these toxins and byproducts. In addition, the kidneys cannot function properly without enough water.

Relieves constipation. When the body receives very little water, it gets the amount you need from internal sources. The colon is a primary source. The result is constipation. But when a person drinks enough water, usually normal bowel function returns.

A person needs 2 liters of water per day. If you are overweight, you need one additional glass for every 12 kg of excess weight. And you need to increase the amount of water intake if you exercise or if it is hot or the air is very dry.

When the body receives all the water it needs for an optimum operation, its fluids are in a perfect balance.  The function of the endocrine gland improves. Fluid retention is alleviated since the stored water is eliminated. More fat is used as fuel because the liver is unoccupied to metabolize stored fat. Natural thirst returns and therefore there is a loss of hunger almost overnight.

If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be out of balance again, and you may experience unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. But drinking water in excess is not healthy either; it interferes in the maintenance of a proper balance of electrolytes in the body.  If you lose too much sodium or potassium, which is what happens when we urinate frequently because of drinking too much water, this balance may be lost.

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Jul 30, 2018


Nestlé and six other food companies today joined forces through the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) to advance animal welfare standards throughout the global food supply chain.

GCAW is the world’s first global food industry-led collaboration uniting major companies and animal welfare experts working towards improving standard for animals at scale to meet consumer demand for food products from animals reared in systems that promote good welfare.

By building relationships with like-minded stakeholders, Nestlé joins efforts to collectively address current systemic barriers to change, share best practices as well as accelerate the development of standards and progress on key welfare issues.

GCAW aims to publish a collective action agenda in the first half of 2019, focusing on five priority work streams, including cage free policies and improved broiler chicken welfare.

Nestlé’s involvement within GCAW builds on its existing commitment on farm animal welfare (pdf, 2Mb).

Last year Nestlé announced that it will source cage free eggs only as ingredients for all its food products globally by 2025.

Additionally, in October 2017 Nestlé pledged to improve conditions for chickens raised to provide meat ingredients for our businesses in the United States. This is followed by an announcement in June 2018 to implement similar improvements for all of its food products in Europe.

Ensuring decent farm animal welfare standards in Nestlé’s supply chain is part of the company’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

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Jul 29, 2018

And supporting breastfeeding


“The first time he smiled, the first time he laughed... It gives you a happiness you cannot explain.” Cristina Macina, Internal Communications Manager and mother to Paul.

Pregnancy is a special time for mothers. For almost nine months baby has grown inside you, then suddenly… the miracle of birth occurs. You bring new life into the world.

Nothing can really prepare parents or caregivers for this moment, but Claudia Aguilar, mum to Isabella and Daniella, and Brand and Innovation Manager, does have a few wise words: “My best advice for new parents to be is, ‘Just relax and breathe!’”

The first 1000 days are vital


Before birth, it is vital to lay the right foundations during the first 1,000 days of life – from the start of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday. We know that this is a unique window of opportunity for a child’s optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment.

“You want to build a solid house – you need strong foundations. These first thousand days are as critical as the foundations of the house,” says Thierry Philardeu, Head of Nestlé’s Nutrition Strategic Business Unit.

Mums to be need to be able to make the right food choices, get enough sleep and exercise in the right way – to nurture themselves and the baby before they give birth.

Making it easier to breastfeed


Once your child is born, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, followed by sustained breastfeeding alongside complementary foods until two years and beyond.  

Nestlé is committed to supporting the WHO recommendation on breastfeeding, to help ensure that mother and baby both get the healthiest possible start in life.

“We start with our people and we say, ‘Breastfeeding is best for babies.’ So let’s make it simple for our people to breastfeed,” Thierry Philardeu says.

Nestlé does all it can to foster a supportive environment, through strong maternal safeguards and help for all our employees to care for their children.

Maternity protection policy


We do so through our global Maternity Protection Policy that supports the recommendations of the ILO Maternity Protection Convention.

The policy gives all our employees – from the factory floor to senior management – a minimum of 14 weeks paid maternity leave and the right to extend their maternity leave up to six months. 

It includes employment protection, flexible working arrangements and access to breastfeeding rooms. It applies to all primary caregivers of newborn babies, including male employees and adoptive parents.

Onsite crèche for infants


Many of our markets go beyond the Nestlé Maternity Policy and offer additional benefits like childcare, medical support, breast pumps and reduced working hours.

For example, Nestlé South Africa has an onsite crèche with a nurse, where mums can leave infants. Mum gets a text message when her baby is hungry, so she can feed him or her. Or if she is expressing milk, she can leave her milk at the crèche each morning for her baby.

Motherhood is a special time, but for some, it can be frustrating and challenging. Mums need the right support network that includes their employer, as well as family and friends. 

Despite the challenges, the joy and satisfaction that motherhood brings makes everything seem worthwhile. 

“You give birth, you give life to someone else and the joy this brings is just amazing,” Cristina Macina says.
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Jun 28, 2018


Nestlé is strengthening its commitment to young people in the Pacific Alliance countries as part of the regional Alliance for YOUth to help 30,000 young people find employment opportunities by 2020.

Under Nestlé’s leadership, the Alliance for YOUth was launched last year in the Pacific Alliance Youth Summit in Santiago de Chile, where we joined forces with 36 companies, the International Youth Organization for Ibero-America (OIJ) and the governments of the Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru to promote youth employability and entrepreneurship.

Building on its successes to date, the Alliance for YOUth is increasing its commitment from 17,000 to 30,000 young people impacted by the initiative in the Pacific Alliance countries by end of 2020.

According to the International Labor Organization, the youth unemployment rate is 18.5% for 15 to 24 year-olds in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for Zone Americas, said it was important to be part of the solution.

"Our engagement with the young generation is a long-term commitment, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. At Nestlé, our ambition is to create opportunities for youth across our value chain through direct job opportunities, apprenticeships and internships, and through supporting young entrepreneurs as well as agripreneurs.

"The leaders of tomorrow need our guidance, our support, and above all they need opportunities and platforms where their voices can be heard and their ideas realized. By facilitating the social and economic integration of young people we are contributing to build a better future for everyone."

The increased commitment was made at the Third Pacific Alliance Youth Summit in Cali, Colombia this week, attended by the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, representatives from the governments of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, the Government of Switzerland, International Labour Organization, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, entrepreneurs and young people.

The summit focused on the role of the dual-education model in the transformation of society, perspectives on employment and labor mobility, as well as successful business models for entrepreneurs and agripreneurs.

To learn more about our commitment to youth in the Pacific Alliance, and the event itself, visit our dedicated website (in Spanish).

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Jun 27, 2018

 

[email protected]é, Nestlé’s open innovation platform, is celebrating two years of innovative solutions to business challenges.

Over the last two years the platform has launched 12 projects, with over 400 applications from start-ups. [email protected]é is connecting on a global scale as it continues to tackle meaningful and challenging projects across sustainability, nutrition, health and wellness.

For example, the 'Nespresso Sustainability Challenge' created an online platform so consumers can experience and participate in Nespresso’s global sustainability efforts and their positive impact on social and environmental sustainability.

The latest two challenges are no exception. 'How do you measure wellness?' is looking for partners to define wellness and measure how our mood, state of mind and enjoyment of life can be affected by the food we eat and how we experience it. 'Engaging patients for better skin health'is looking for partners to develop an innovative way to promote adherence to acne treatments, encouraging people to stick to their course of treatment and see real outcomes.

The goal of [email protected]é is to partner with the best and brightest start-ups and entrepreneurs to create innovative, high-potential solutions across Nestlé businesses. This allows the company to deliver on its purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

For more detail, read the press release (pdf, 300 Kb)

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Jun 07, 2018

 

Nestlé Waters has today announced that it will extend its commitment to water stewardship by certifying all of its sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard by 2025.

The global standard promotes responsible water use that benefits local communities socially and economically, while ensuring environmental sustainability of watersheds – all priorities for Nestlé.

Since first ccommitting to the AWS Standard in 2017, Nestlé Waters has already certified eight of its factories around the world.

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Jun 01, 2018

 

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Apr 30, 2018

 

Left to RightIan Chinapoo - Executive Director Unit Trust Corporation, E. Gervase Warner- President & Group CEO Massy Group, Patricio Torres - Head of Market Nestlé Anglo Dutch Caribbean, Kristine Thompson, Director Chuck E Cheese’s Restaurant Franchise

Companies in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean must lead both the private and public sectors in incorporating Shared Value at the core of their business strategy.

This message was clear from the panel discussion at the 1st Local Shared Value Forum hosted by the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business on February 28th, 2018. 

Patricio Torres, Head of Market Nestlé Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region, represented Nestlé as a leader in Shared Value and a company driven by their purpose – enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Other panel members included Ian Chinapoo - Executive Director Unit Trust Corporation, and E. Gervase Warner- President & Group CEO Massy Group. Kristine Thompson, Director Chuck E Cheese’s Restaurant Franchise was moderator for the discussion. 

Torres explained that Shared Value begins with the understanding that for businesses to prosper over the long term, the communities we serve must also prosper. At Nestlé, the health of our company is intrinsically linked to the health and resilience of the society in which we operate, and this is why our focus areas are firmly embedded in our purpose. Our positive impact focuses on three areas where we believe we can add value; enabling healthier and happier lives for individuals and families, helping the development of thriving and resilient communities and, finally, stewarding the planet’s natural resources for future generations, with particular care for water.


Torres gave one example of where Nestlé is making a positive change in nutrition - Nestlé ‘s firm commitment to reducing sugar in their products. Using ORCHARD as an example Torres explained “[With] ORCHARD, we are reducing sugar by 35-50 percent, because we believe that this is the right portion, the right recipe. And even if we are losing some market share in the short term, while consumers are adopting the new taste and understanding the benefits of better nutrition, we will recover market share in the long term” to applause from the audience comprised of members of the business community and various stakeholders.

The panel discussion today represented the launch of the Shared Value Forum, which will then continue with workshops hosted by the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and key sponsor Unit Trust Cooperation. The aim of these workshops is to help both the private and public sector develop effective shared value strategies that are directly incorporated to their business goals, allowing both business and community to thrive together.


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Mar 29, 2018

 
Nestlé Full Cream Milk, made with 100 per cent local cows milk, is flanked by the new, smaller sized packs of Nestlé Orchard Fruit Punch and Apple Cherry Drink juices. PHOTO BY SASHA HARRINANAN. MARCH 12, 2018

Nestlé Orchard juice is downsizing but not in the way you think. On March 23, Nestlé TT launched a 200 ml version of its line of fruit juices in response to customer feedback.

This is in addition to Nestlé having previously reduced the amount of sugar in Orchard juices by 40 per cent as part of its drive to make healthier products that taste great.

The importance of providing consumers with foods which meet their growing demand for healthy and convenience was a main point of discussion when Business Day sat down with Patricio Torres, Head of Market for Nestlé Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region.


Patricio Torres, Nestlé's Head of Market in the Anglo Dutch Caribbean Region. PHOTO BY JEFF MAYERS.

Having joined Nestlé in his homeland of Chile back in 1995, Torres assumed his new post within the transnational food and drink company, whose headquarters are in Switzerland, in September 2017.

"More and more, people are concerned about health and portion sizes. We already have the one litre and 250 millilitre (ml) Orchard juices. Now we are adding the 200 ml."

Orchard juice flavours include fruit punch, apple cherry and apple but the most popular flavour is orange.

Torres pointed out that the 200 ml size is "ideal" for children to take to school because parents can give them a juice to drink without worrying about either the sugar content or the amount of juice being consumed.

"It's also a good option for adults who want some juice but don't want that much to drink or are concerned about their (juice) intake."

"We also have the Orchard Calorie Conscious, which was endorsement by Diabetes Association of TT (in 1995) and has seen growth in sales since then. There's room for growth but I believe that soon, those functional products – lower sugar, lower calories – are going to be bigger here, as long as we keep great taste."

There was some initial negative feedback locally to the taste of Orchard Apple following the sugar reduction, which Nestlé addressed by switching from red apples to green apples in order to more closely match the original flavour.

Speaking about the overall subject of retaining flavour while making food and beverage items healthier, Torres told Business Day, "We are always doing consumer research before making changes."

"Even so, when you make such a change – 40 per cent sugar reduction – you might lose some consumers in the short term because they don't like the taste, so you need to educate them. It's a transition until they get accustomed to the new flavour but as a company, we believe that, we live that – that we have to offer better, healthier, products. I believe we have been, by far, the best and first company to offer new things for consumers. We are not followers. We are innovators and pioneers."

Another of Nestlé's products, Full Cream Milk, has a new look too. In February, the packaging for this 100 per cent local product was redesigned to more prominently display key information.

Namely, the former dark blue square with white text – 100 per cent local fresh cows milk – has been replaced by a red heart with one white and one black stripe, on top of which is the same text about the milk being from "our dairy farmers right here in Trinidad."

Another change is the inclusion, on the back of the milk carton, of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, which lets consumers know the materials used in the Tetra Pak ((correct spelling)) were sourced from sustainable forests.

"We put this on the carton because we believe consumers not only prefer to buy local, they are becoming more and more environmentally conscious."

Seated in his corner office at Nestlé TT's Valsayn headquarters, Torres smiled when Business Day asked how much influence the competition has had on the company's decision to add resealable twist-caps to several products, including the cartons of Full Cream Milk.

"It's not just the packaging, it's a constant evolution of everything at Nestle, including working with suppliers to develop more environmentally-friendly packaging. Other companies are doing things and we are improving from that point."

"The beautiful thing about competition – without it you don't have the same incentive to make progress. There are some competitors who are doing a very good job. They are a good motivation to continue improving but no, we are not followers as a company."

"Nestlé is normally setting the trends. In coffee, for example, we were the first to introduce instant coffee – Nescafé. We were also the first to introduce capsules, when we launched our Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine."

Ending the interview on a light note, Business Day asked Torres to name his favourite Nestlé products.

They include Nescafé Gold blend coffee and the original milk chocolate flavour of Kit Kat.

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Mar 27, 2018
In 2017, Nestlé launched more than 1000 new, nutritious products and contributed to over 41,000 job and traineeship opportunities through its Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative. 
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Mar 02, 2018

From over 1000 entries, six finalists have been chosen for Nestlé’s 2018 Creating Shared Value Prize.

Their outstanding social innovations each address a growing need for good nutrition, safe water or enhanced rural development, supporting Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

The finalists will attend a two-day boot camp with our partner Ashoka, the world’s leading network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs, before pitching their ideas in front of a live audience at the 2018 Creating Shared Value Forum in Brazil.

The winner will be announced on 16 March and receive a prize totalling CHF 500’000. This includes financial support and mentoring to help scale up the initiative and make a lasting impact on people’s lives.

Who will be the next big innovator in sustainability? Follow the pitches and winner announcement live on the Ashoka Facebook page on 16 March from 17:10 GMT-3 (21:10 CET).

Find out more about our six finalists

Join the conversation #CSVprize #SharedValue

 

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Jan 24, 2018

 

We are excited to announce the semi-finalists for Nestlé’s 2018 Creating Shared Value Prize.  From over 1000 entries, 56 applicants have now been shortlisted. Working in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, they each seek to address a growing need for good nutrition, safe water and economic opportunities.

The prize – established eight years ago – supports social entrepreneurs tackling the world’s biggest issues in nutrition, water and rural development. Winners receive crucial funding to scale up their initiatives and make a lasting impact on people’s lives.  For this year’s prize Nestlé is partnering with Ashoka, the world’s leading network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs. Together they are looking for the next big social innovation that will create the most value and make the most difference to today’s society. 

Five finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas at the 2018 Creating Shared Value Forum in Brazil. The winner will be announced on 16 March and receive prizes totalling CHF 500,000 to help develop their initiative. 

Follow the pitches and winner announcement live on Facebook on 16 March. 

 

For more information and to explore this year’s entries, visit www.changemakers.com/creatingsharedvalue

Join the conversation #CSVprize #SharedValue The prize is also supported by the [email protected]é open innovation platform. 

 

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Nov 14, 2017
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World Diabetes Day falls on 14 November each year. Studies have shown that obesity is a serious global health challenge and it increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

The United Nations believes the food industry has a vital role to play in helping enable healthier lives. At Nestlé we believe this too. Our purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

By reducing sugar, sodium and saturated fat in our foods and beverages through gradual, science‑based renovation, we can improve health outcomes and decrease the risk of non‑communicable diseases like diabetes.

At the same time, we increase the ingredients and nutrients that are key to a healthy diet such as protein, fruit, whole grain, vitamins and minerals.

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Nov 02, 2017
Nestlé to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

Nestlé has today set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé.

In Europe and the U.S., Nestlé will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow.

In some parts of the world, such as in Europe, over 40% of eggs used by Nestlé are already from cage-free sources.

Nestlé’s purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in its products.

Read the full statement (pdf, 150Kb).

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Oct 24, 2017
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Nestlé has been recognized as a global leader for its response to climate change, again earning a place in the annual CDP Climate A List.

Nestlé is among just 5 percent of participating companies to be featured on the 2017 Climate A List, compiled by global non-for-profit charity CDP. This is in recognition of action taken in the last year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

Climate change leadership is part of Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

Over the last 10 years there has been real progress. Nestlé has reduced direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per tonne of product by 39%, while increasing production by 46%. We are on track to achieve our science-based 2020 objective to reduce GHG emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) per tonne of product by 35% in our manufacturing operations versus 2010.

The Climate A List and full company score is released in CDP's Tracking progress on corporate climate action.

Read about Nestlé’s commitments on climate change.

Find out more in our report: Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments (pdf, 15Mb).

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Oct 19, 2017


Nestlé is once again joining forces with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) to celebrate International Chefs Day and to promote healthy eating to children.

As part of the Nestlé for Healthier Kids Global School Programme, children from 84 countries around the world will take part in cookery workshops. In Trinidad, these are being led by chefs from Nestlé Professional and the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI).

The theme for this year’s International Chefs Day is Foods for Healthy Heroes, which will be used to raise awareness in children about healthy eating by letting them be creative with food. We also aim to inspire chefs and to provide nutritious and fun recipe ideas for their kids' menus.

With the help of chefs from Nestlé Professional and TTHTI, children will turn healthy recipes into edible ‘Healthy Heroes’ that will be fun to make and healthy to eat.

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Oct 18, 2017
Nestlé is once again joining forces with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (Worldchefs) to celebrate International Chefs Day and to promote healthy eating to children.
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Sep 20, 2017

 

Five Jamaican football phenoms and their families have good reason to celebrate today after being selected winners in the Nestlé MILO One Day Tournament on Sunday September 17, 2017 at the Football Factory. The talented five that emerged included – Matthew Rose of Central Kingston FC; Sean Salmon of Montego Bay United FC; Romane Blake of Waterhouse FC; Tariq Ximinies of Harbour View FC and Kevon Wilson also of Harbour View FC.

The young men, represent under-13 teams from the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and Montego Bay football clubs. 16 teams participated in the one-day tournament that gave players the opportunity to showcase their football skills and secure a space in a contingent heading to Barcelona from October 14-18, 2017, courtesy of Nestlé MILO.

 

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Sep 18, 2017


Nestlé has announced today a new ambition for its global youth initiative: Nestlé needs YOUth. By 2030, Nestlé will help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities.

The global initiative brings together all of the efforts to support young people around the world that Nestlé undertakes on its own and with others, including the Alliance for YOUth.

In addition to employability, the initiative now also focuses on the next generation of farmers and entrepreneurs across Nestlé’s value chain. It also seeks to encourage innovation, including through a challenge on the [email protected]é open innovation platform.

Nestlé is backing up its commitment by being one of the first companies to join the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider made the announcements today in New York. He was speaking at events around the UN General Assembly week. He stressed that investing in young people is important to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, it is a far-sighted investment for companies as it boosts economies and business.

Read more on our commitment to young people.
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Sep 16, 2017

 

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Aug 23, 2017

 

As part of their Nestlé Needs Youth Initiative, which began in 2015, Nestlé Jamaica opened its new head office to 14 youths as part of their summer employment programme. The objective of the Nestlé Needs Youth Programme is to reduce Youth Unemployment.

Since the programme began, over 1017 youths participated in training programmes, 38 completed internships and summer work, and 9 were hired into permanent positions within the Company.

The Summer Programme, launched at the Company’s new location in Ferry Pen, St. Andrew (off the Mandela Highway), will give youths an opportunity to acquire on-the-job training and experience in working for the number one Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company in the world.

 

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Aug 01, 2017

 


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Mar 14, 2017


For the past 29 years, NESTLÉ, through its MILO® brand, has proudly sponsored the MILO® ® West Games. In 2017, its 30th anniversary, the Good Food, Good Life company continued the tradition with a TTD$120,000 contribution. One notable change was made, though.

The Games were renamed the ‘Kelvin Nancoo West Games’ by its organizing committee. This, in honour of the significant contribution made by Games Chairman and Chairman of the Port of Spain and Environs Sports Council, Kelvin Nancoo. Each year, the ​Zonal Games provide a forum to unearth the rich athletic (track & field) talent resident in North West, Trinidad​. Over the last 30 years, Mr. Nancoo has worked tirelessly with each of the primary schools in Port of Spain and environs; the Principals, Teachers, parents and students themselves, to develop the athletic prowess of the nation’s youth.

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Mar 07, 2017
Nestlé in society repot 2016

Nestlé has today announced its new 2020 commitments together with three long-term ambitions, in support of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The long-term ambitions: to help 50 million children to lead healthier lives; help to improve 30 million livelihoods in communities directly connected to our business activities; and strive for zero environmental impact in our operations.

We continue our work to bring societal commitments to life through three impact areas: individuals and families, our communities, and the planet.

One example is a global commitment to reduce the sugar we add in our products by 5% by 2020. In Europe alone, reaching this target will mean we will remove at least 18000 tonnes of sugar from products.

This and other examples come together in our report 'Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2016’ (pdf, 6Mb). It details our 42 Nestlé in society commitments, to be achieved by 2020, the progress we’ve made and our ambitions for the future, all of which helped us top the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Find out more about our work in the summary report (pdf, 6 Mb)

Nestlé's Annual Report for 2016 has also been published today

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Dec 06, 2016
Nestlé and USAID partner for high quality maize in Ghana
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Nestlé and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are partnering to help farmers in Ghana produce high quality maize.

The goal is to reduce mycotoxins, a natural, fungal contamination of crops that can damage health and lead to financial ruin for farmers.

The USAID Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) programme team will train over 113,000 farmers on procedures developed by Nestlé to reduce the mycotoxins in maize to acceptable levels. It will also support them to produce maize that meets Nestlé’s quality standards.

The partnership reinforces Nestlé’s commitment to help farming communities to increase yields, crop quality and income level.

Nestlé is already helping train about 26,000 farmers in good agricultural and storage practices to manage grain quality and safety.

Read the full press release on Nestlé Central & West Africa website

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Nov 22, 2016

Milo, the iconic Australian drink born and bred on the NSW mid north coast over 80 years ago, has signed a partnership with FC Barcelona - one of the world’s most famous football clubs.

FC Barcelona, home to some of the most successful soccer players in the sport’s history, signed a four year deal with Milo this week to help promote healthier lifestyles and highlight the importance of physical activity to young people across Oceania, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The global partnership will make Milo the official tonic drink food of FC Barcelona.

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Oct 15, 2016
Nestle pledges to reduce food loss and waste


Nestlé has pledged to reduce food loss and waste in our operations by partnering with local NGO Nourish TT– a true innovator in the fight against hunger and food waste.

Nourish TT offers an efficient way for businesses to donate surplus food to charities within their communities. Using an interactive web based application, Nestlé can now upload details of surplus food and the date until which the food is available. Charities registered with Nourish are notified via email and can order products until the Availability Date.

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Sep 28, 2016


Nestlé has been recognised as the leading food and beverage company in the Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index (D&I), for its efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The index ranked Nestlé 13th overall out of more than 4,000 publically traded companies worldwide. Companies were assessed in four categories: diversity, people development, news controversies and inclusion.


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Sep 11, 2016

As the world’s leading Nutrition, Health & Wellness Company, we enhance lives by offering tastier and healthier food and beverage choices for all stages of life and at all times of the day. We have dedicated ourselves to fighting the rise in overweight, obesity and chronic medical conditions.

In that vein, we are pleased to introduce our Nestlé® Flavoured Milks with an improved recipe that contains less added sugar and has a new look! Also, look out for our new sizes, 330ml and 1 litre!


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Sep 04, 2016


Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago as well as Nestlé Global, is steadfast in its intention to bring all the products we manufacture locally in the line with healthy guidelines. We’re pleased to say that our flavoured milks have met WHO and PAHO parameters for many years.

Most recently, Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago launched its NEW range of 490ml ORCHARD® juice drinks to meet and exceed new healthier standards. Now, the sugar content in every one of our ORCHARD® juice drinks, 250ml, 490ml and 1 litre has been reduced by 33-50%


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Aug 22, 2016
fortune magazine change the world ranking 2016
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Nestlé is the highest ranked food and beverage company in Fortune Magazine’s annual ‘Change the World’ list of the top 50 companies that are ‘doing well by doing good’. It’s the second year that the magazine has produced the list, and we were 5th overall in the rankings.

Fortune Magazine said, “Food is more than just food when it’s fortified with nutrients that billions would otherwise lack. Given the reach of the world’s largest food and beverage company, all this - which Nestlé tracks in its annual "Creating Shared Value" report - makes a difference.”

Read more about the results on Fortune Magazine's website.

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Aug 20, 2016
Nestlé headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland

Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO: “The first half of 2016 was in line with our expectation with growth almost entirely driven by volume and product mix, yielding further market share gains.

While we continued to address challenges in China, we enjoyed good performances across the US, Europe, South East Asia and Latin America and expect this to continue in the second half. We also expect pricing, which reached historically low levels in the first half, to recover somewhat in the coming months.

We grew our gross margin and trading operating profit through further premiumisation, continuous cost discipline and input cost tailwinds. This allowed us to significantly enhance our free cash flow.

In these times of rapid change, we keep our focus on profitable growth by further investing in innovation, R&D, brand support and digital to engage with our consumers, meeting their changing needs.

Overall our first half performance allows us to reconfirm our outlook for the full year.”


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Jun 10, 2016
UTT Athletes Nutrition and Career Development Workshop

Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited hosted a stimulating, one-day intensive Nutrition and Career Development Workshop for eighty (80) of the University of Trinidad and Tobago's High Performance athletes on Saturday 21st May, 2016 at the Corinth Campus.

The lecture consisted of two sessions, the first being our Nutrition, Health and Wellness initiatives emphasising the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle as directly impacting an athlete’s performance. This session was presented by Market Nutritionist, Shaunelle Mieres-Aparicio and dietitian/nutritionist Dr. Yvonne Batson.

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Jun 06, 2016

Nestlé has played a key role in developing the first global standard to help companies and governments reduce food loss and waste.

Food loss and waste costs the global economy USD 940 billion per year, and generates around 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Launched at the 3GF Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard was developed by the multi-stakeholder Food Loss and Waste Protocol.

Members of this partnership include the Consumer Goods Forum (of which Nestlé is a key member), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Resources Institute.

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Jun 02, 2016
NNY Merchandising Agreement

Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited is pleased to announce that our 3 main Merchandising providers – Right Start, Majestic and Nelster, – have signed an agreement to formally be part of the Nestlé needs YOUth initiative.

A key benefit of this agreement will be the opportunities for these 3 companies to replenish their natural turnover of staff with youths aged 16-29, seeking professional work experience.

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Mar 22, 2016
Celebrating World Water Day


‘Good Food, Good Life’  is the promise we make to billions of consumers around the world. To fulfil that promise we ensure that our products and services are high quality and safe. We recognise too, our responsibility to ensure that we use water as efficiently as possible.

Globally, withdrawals by industry, by agriculture and by communities are set to exceed supply by 40% by 2030, according to the 2030 Water Resources Group.

As the world’s largest food and beverage company, we can make a significant contribution to helping address this problem, not just in our factories but in our supply chains and in our other facilities too.

Each innovation is a step towards a more sustainable future for our business and for the communities in which we operate, part of what we call Creating Shared Value.

We know it’s our job to save water. Here’s ten ways we do it.

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Jan 30, 2016
Food Allergy vs Intolerance – what's the difference?


The term food allergy is often confused with food intolerance. It is important to highlight that food allergy is only one of the many possible reasons for food intolerance.

Food intolerance is defined as a condition in which harmful effects occur after eating a food or cooking ingredient.

Genuine food allergy occurs when there is a specific immune reaction in the body in response to the ingestion of a certain food. Allergies manifest themselves in a group, so that people that are allergic to certain foods may also be allergic to other environmental factors such as dust, animal hair or pollen.

The cause of food allergies is related to the production by the body of a kind of allergen substance called antibodies.

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Sep 17, 2015
Nestlé launches Youth Culinary Talent (YOCUTA) programme


Nestlé Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NTTL) is proud to share that Nestlé Professional in partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) launched the Youth Culinary Talent (YOCUTA) programme on the 16th September 2015 at the TTHTI, Chaguramas.

The YOCUTA programme will take 5 aspiring chefs through an apprenticeship programme that will expose them to the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) environment, our Nutrition, Health and Wellness approach and large scale food preparation solutions and other culinary activities that is the foundation of Nestlé Professional.


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Jul 01, 2015
Nestlé rolls out Global Youth Initiative


The Nestlé Global Youth Initiative will help young people across the world develop skills and become more employable. It aims to develop young talent for the company and help tackle the global youth unemployment crisis.

The initiative follows Nestlé’s Youth Employment Initiative in Europe, launched in 2013 with a pledge to create 20,000 positions for young people across the continent over three years.

Close to 12,000 jobs and training opportunities have been created in Europe so far. Last year Nestlé expanded this youth employment scheme, creating the Alliance for YOUth to mobilise companies who wanted to help the young people of Europe find work.

Nestlé Trinidad & Tobago will create close to 270 jobs and internships for young people between the ages of 16-30 years old in Trinidad & Tobago. It will also rollout a Readiness for Work programme, for over 3,000 students, offering career counselling, CV workshops and interview training at schools, colleges and Nestlé sites.

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Jun 23, 2015
12 Tips for a great night's sleep


You might not be able to control all the things that interfere with your sleep but you can adopt habits that help you sleep better! One of the most important strategies for achieving good sleep is to get in sync with your body’s natural sleep–wake cycle (also known as your circadian rhythm). 

You’ll find that sticking to a regular sleep schedule by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day will help you feel much more refreshed and energised than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times.

1. Set a regular bedtime.


Go to bed at the same time every night. Choose a time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. Try not to break this routine on weekends when it may be tempting to stay up late. If you want to change your bedtime, help your body adjust by making the change in small daily increments, such as 15 minutes earlier or later each day.


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Jun 15, 2015
The Importance of Drinking Adequate Water


Water loss from our bodies occurs at every moment as we lose water through sweat, urine and even breathing. When your total water intake is not equal to or more than your total water loss you can become dehydrated.

Not convinced that water loss is not that much of an issue? Below are ways that water is actually used in your body and contributes to good health.

Water is essential for all body processes

Water help to maintain the body fluid balance. Your body is composed of about 60% water and supports bodily functions such as digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you're low on fluids, this may compromise these functions, which may have a domino effect on other processes in the body.

Water can help control calories

Water contain no empty calories and as a result replacing juice or soda with water can reduce your daily total number of caloric intake.

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May 20, 2015
Understanding the Basics of Sport Nutrition

 


With all the information available it can be hard to decide what is and is not best for you. This confusion may increase once you become an athlete as the increase physical demands will affect how you feel and what you eat. While the best form of advice will come from a certified Nutritionist there are some basics you can know to help making meal choices a little easier.

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May 05, 2015
Nestlé 5K and Health Fair

As the leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company, it is Nestlé’s responsibility to partner consumers on the road to leading a healthy lifestyle. Our annual Health Fair and 5k Run/Walk seeks to do just that.

A Great Success: Over 3,000 consumers impacted


Through the support of various NGOs including the T&T Heart Foundation, the Chest Association, the Cancer Society of Trinidad & Tobago, the Diabetes Association as well the Ministry of Health, we are able to offer our consumers free BMI testing and other relevant tests, together with Nutrition Consultations and lectures, in addition to an aerobic warm-up, fitness and dental demonstrations.

Our consumers are exposed to lots of information on non-communicable diseases, sampling of products, fun activities for kids, giveaways, and most importantly an opportunity to participate in a 5kk run/walk, an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle.

This year our Health Fair hosted over 3,000 consumers with approximately 2,500 persons participating in the 5k run/walk.

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Apr 30, 2015
Monitoring Your Health with Your Doctor's Help


Typically any mention of the word “doctor” makes many people cringe! Most times we only visit the doctor when we are in search of a cure rather than to assist with prevention. This practise however, may do more harm than good, as cultivating a relationship with your primary physician is an important aspect of maintaining good health.

Monitoring your health through regular doctor visits can include yearly check-ups as well as a complete physical examination when recommended. Although these visits may seem time consuming, considering all of the benefits associated with this it’s definitely worth the time.

Still not convinced? Well here are top 3 reasons why you should see your doctor regularly to monitor your health.

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Apr 09, 2015
Diabetes: Six Foods to Avoid

If you suffer from diabetes watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Your food choices are very important because certain foods can cause blood sugar spikes or increase your risk of diabetes complications.

Living with diabetes doesn't limit you to bland and boring foods, but you do need to be aware of what you eat. You should limit (or at least minimise) your consumption of the following six types of foods:

1. Sugary Foods

Soda, sweets, desserts, and other foods that are made primarily of sugar are considered low-quality carbohydrates. These foods lack nutritional value and can cause a sharp spike in your blood sugar and lead to weight problems, both of which increase your chances of diabetes complications.

2. White Rice, Bread, and Flour

These are called refined starches and they act a lot like sugar once your body begins to digest them.

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Mar 26, 2015
5 Healthy Eating Tips to Help Reduce your Cancer Risk

There are no proven ways to prevent cancer, but you can reduce your risk of getting it. New research shows that as up to one-third of all cancer deaths are linked to diet and physical activity, and studies show that you can lower your risk of developing cancer by eating a healthy balanced diet. . The good news is that you have the power to change your eating habits! Here are some useful eating tips to reduce your cancer risk:

1. Eat Cruciferous Vegetables

Studies suggest that people who eat cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower) daily have lower rates of prostate cancer as well as other cancers such as lung, stomach, colon, bladder and breast cancer. Cruciferous vegetables have two phytochemicals — glucosinolates and isothiocyanates — which are thought to help deactivate cancer-causing substances.

2. Eat Foods with Selenium

Researchers suggest that selenium may slow tumour growth by helping cancer cells to self-destruct, and by protecting cells from oxidation. Selenium is found in foods such as seafood, lean meats, eggs, whole grains, Brazil nuts and legumes.

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Mar 18, 2015
Can't Sleep? Try exercising frequently

Many of us face challenges when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. If you toss and turn in bed and have trouble falling asleep, there’s relief at hand: Studies show that regular exercise can help you fall sleep more quickly and stay asleep all night!

Exercising during the day can influence how you sleep during the night. For one thing, if you are physically active throughout the day, then it’s easier for your body to enter into a state of relaxation at night. But there’s more: Exercising regularly will help you go to sleep faster and maintain a sleeping state, by forcing your sleeping cycles to become consistent

Research indicates that it’s best to exercise three to four hours before going to bed at night. That means that to optimise your sleep benefits, you should be physically active late in the afternoon or early in the evening.

Here are some ways that exercise relates to and enhances sleep.

1. Relief

Exercise relieves feelings of anxiety and loosens the muscles that are tightened with stress.

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Feb 13, 2015
Why Breakfast is Your Most Important Meal

Nutritionists consider breakfast the most important meal of the day. Yet, too many of us go without breakfast on a regular basis. Before you skip this all-important part of your morning, think twice! When you wake up in the morning, you probably haven't eaten for up to 12 hours. So the first meal of the day is crucial, because it helps provide the body and brain with energy and nutrients after a night's sleep, and reboots your metabolism.

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Jan 01, 2015
10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

It's not always easy to encourage your children to eat a balanced diet.
Here are ten tips for helping them to develop healthy habits at a young age!



10. Eat Breakfast.



Eating breakfast, even if it’s just a banana and a glass of milk, kick-starts the body and makes it easier to maintain lasting energy throughout the day.

If you can get your kids to establish the habit of eating a good breakfast at a young age, it should stay with them as they get older.



9. Choose healthier snacks



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