New Nestlé Everyday powdered milk hits shelves island wideDaniel Caron, Country Manager, NJL, Frank James, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods, Rakeesh Bernard, Operations Manager, Dairy Industries Jamaica Limited
Nestlé Jamaica Limited (NJL) has announced its re-entry into the powdered milks category, thanks to its recently inked co-manufacturing deal with Dairy Industries Jamaica Limited (DIJL). The agreement has formalized DIJL’s production of NESTLÉ Everyday milk powder in its production facility in Kingston since March 2020. The partnership demonstrates Nestlé’s confidence in DIJL’s capacity to deliver both the quality standards and manufacturing expertise needed for the highly competitive powdered milks market.
Speaking on the partnership between NJL and DIJL Daniel Caron, Country Manager at Nestlé Jamaica Limited reaffirmed his company’s commitment to Jamaica’s manufacturing and dairy industries. “We are extremely happy to be able to launch another innovation that will satisfy the needs of the Jamaican market.Daniel Caron, Country Manager, NJL Frank James, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods
We wanted to bring something that was value added to the table - an instant fortified milk powder to satisfy the milk needs of consumers in Jamaica at an affordable price. This new partnership is just another example of the commitment to Jamaica Nestlé has demonstrated over the last 80 years, which has included investing millions of dollars in local operations, innovations and renovations.” he continued.
DIJL’s General Manager Radcliffe Walker lauded the new partnership with Nestlé saying that the innovation will give consumers better value for their money, “Co-manufacturing is a great opportunity for DIJL. The increased product output will enhance our production efficiency and increase revenues and associated earnings for our team members. Our state-of-the-art facility has really revolutionized our ability to produce and maintain the highest product quality. We are excited to begin this new partnership to produce NESTLÉ Everyday and I look forward to its success,” said Walker.
DIJL is a joint venture between GraceKennedy Limited and Fonterra, New Zealand. In 1995 the company became the first in Jamaica to be certified to ISO 9001 standard, and currently certified under the FSSC 22000:2017 standard.
Frank James, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods – Domestic also commented on the new agreement between DIJL and NJL, "Manufacturing plays such a key role in our nation's economic growth and development, providing employment for thousands of Jamaicans and reducing our dependence on imports. The impact of COVID-19 on the Jamaican economy has demonstrated how important it is that we invest in local manufacturing capacity. The cementing of this partnership between DIJL and Nestlé at such a critical time not only demonstrates confidence in our manufacturing capabilities, but also our commitment to Jamaican
manufacturing as a whole."
Launched in April of this year, NESTLÉ Everyday milk powder is widely available in convenient locations across Jamaica – wholesalers, supermarkets, and corner shops. Small businesses can also purchase NESTLÉ Everyday from Nestlé Jamaica’s Head Office and Distribution Centre at Ferry in St Catherine. NESTLÉ Everyday will also be available for purchase on the company’s ecommerce website familynest.bigshop.co which offers increased value and convenience to shoppers.