Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NESCAFÉ SoundSkool 2010 - Luzon and GMA Qualifiers

NESCAFÉ SoundSkool 2010
Battle of the Best College Bands

- Luzon and GMA Qualifiers
- Featuring guests bands Callalily and Eeve
- October 2, 2010, 2PM
- Skydome, SM North EDSA

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nestlé Health Science S.A. and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences established

Vevey, 27 September 2010 – Nestlé today announced the creation of Nestlé Health Science S.A. and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences to pioneer a new industry between food and pharma. These two separate organisations will allow Nestlé to develop the innovative area of personalised health science nutrition to prevent and treat health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, which are placing an unsustainable burden on the world’s healthcare systems.
 Nestlé Health Science S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will become operational on 1 January 2011. The new company will be run at arm’s length from Nestlé’s main food, beverages and nutrition activities, and incorporate the existing global Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition business, which had a turnover of CHF 1.6 billion in 2009. Nestlé Health Science S.A. will also have access to external scientific and technological know-how through Nestlé’s innovation network as well as a number of venture capital funds in which the group has interests. Luis Cantarell, the company’s designated President and CEO, will report to Paul Bulcke in his capacity as Administrateur délégué of the Board of Directors of Nestlé Health Science S.A., which is chaired by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
 The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences will be part of Nestlé’s global R&D network. The Institute will be run by Emmanuel E. Baetge, former Chief Scientific Officer of ViaCyte, a biotech company based in San Diego, who will report to Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Werner Bauer and a Steering Committee composed of both Nestlé and external members. Nestlé will invest hundreds of millions of Swiss francs over the next decade to build a world-class Institute of Health Sciences, which will conduct research in relevant areas of biomedical science to translate this knowledge into nutritional strategies to improve health and longevity. The Institute will be based in the multi-disciplinary scientific environment of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, where Nestlé is already involved in two life science initiatives.

Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe said that Nestlé will be a pioneer in helping to shape the space between the food and pharma industry. “The combination of health economics, changing demographics and advances in health science show that our existing healthcare systems, which focus on treating sick people, are not sustainable and need redesigning. Nestlé has the expertise, the science, the resources and the organisation to play a major role in seeking alternative solutions. Personalised health science nutrition is about finding efficient and cost effective ways to prevent and treat acute and chronic diseases in the 21st century,” he said.

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke said: “The creation of Nestlé Health Science S.A. and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences is the best way to focus our attention and organize our unique capabilities and competencies to seize this promising business opportunity. The new set-up will give us a pioneering and leading role in this entirely new industry, while at the same time allowing us to keep the necessary focus on Nestlé’s extremely important food, beverages and nutrition business, as embodied by our binding promise of Good Food, Good Life.”

Luis Cantarell, Nestlé Health Science President and CEO designate, said: “This is an exciting new business opportunity, the execution of which will have a positive long-term impact on peoples’ lives. Personalised health science nutrition will create shared value, both for Nestlé and for society, by successfully preventing, improving and treating acute and chronic medical conditions. I am looking forward to getting this ground-breaking work underway.”

Emmanuel E. Baetge, designated head of the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, said: “The Institute will create and deliver world class excellence in biomedical research to better understand human diseases and ageing as influenced by genetics, metabolism and environment. Translating this knowledge will allow us to advance the concept of daily personalised health science nutrition as the most important first step in disease prevention and treatment.”

Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, first entered healthcare nutrition in 1986. Over the last three years, it has made a number of strategic acquisitions in this area such as Novartis Medical Nutrition and Vitaflo. Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition, currently an integral part of Nestlé Nutrition, has a long established reputation as a science-based organisation and has also been setting the trend for personalised nutrition and related services in recent years.

The press conference on this announcement will be webcast live today at 11 am CET on and will thereafter also be available on-demand. Questions from attending journalists will be given precedence, although we will also take questions from media and investment community representatives via our website. Please see for log-in details.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nestlé Philippines "I Choose Wellness" - STAY HEALTHY

By: Jocelyn Valle

A giant multinational food conglomerate exhorts everyone to keep fit. Back in 1990, recalls Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) Chairman and CEO John Martin Miller, he never saw any overweight person in Southeast Asia. At that time, the Englishman had just moved from the Middle East, where he worked for another company.

"Now, (obesity) is a growing problem," he laments, believing that it's been caused by the less healthy aspects of the Western diet that has crept into the eating habits of Asians. "This is why nutrition and wellness is very important to us (at Nestle). We want to help people to live a healthy lifestyle so people don't get obese and get diabetic.

The consumer-goods manufacturing giant has found an effective tool in accomplishing this goal in its annual campaign, I Choose Wellness Expo, which this year took place on July 3 and 4 at SM Megamall.

Celebrity Recipes plus Lifestyle attended the opening and experienced the overwhelmingly positive response of the public. For starters, long lines already formed outside the venue's entrance even before the event started at 10 a.m. And while inside, they eagerly checked out the booths that either rendered healthcare services like a free cholesterol check, hosted fun games or handed out samples of Nestle products. Never mind if they had to inch their way across the thick crowd to their next stop and stand in line each time they get there, achieving wellness was the rule of the day.

"So I think that's a big change that's taking place now," exclaims the NPI's head over lunch, after he cut the ceremonial ribbon and gave the opening remarks. "I think people have certainly become conscious of the need to lead healthy lifestyles."

In essence, it's just like going back to our gastronomic roots. Filipinos, Mr.Miller has observed, share the tradition of going to the wet market every morning to get the freshest produce with those from neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. It is also one activity that he enjoys doing with his wife, who's Malaysian of Cantonese lineage.
"Food is not only about nutrition; it's about the family, it's about the commonalities. People come together around the table. This is why food marketing is so basic," he states, adding that he's aware of the merienda culture in the country that has made easting five times a day the norm. "In England, we always talk about the weather. Here, people always say, 'Have you eaten yet?'"

It was small wonder then that the cooking demos were a huge hit at the expo. One of our columnists, Chef Tess Galang Sutilo, (she writes 'Hits') shared a couple of easy-to-prepare recipes like fresh fruits in cinnamon pandan sugar syrup and multi-layered dip.

Mr.Miller shares that Nestle products like Maggi Magic Sarap work in harmony with fresh produce that Filipinos are accustomed to find in the wet market. He also expresses amazement at how Milo, Nescafe and Nestea have become a big part of every Pinoy's day-to-day life since the global conglomerate entered the local market 99 years ago.

And Nestle makes its presence here even stronger by investing P4.3 billion over two years for a new factory to be built on a 27-hectare site in Tanauan, Batangas. It will not only serve its purpose of producing Coffee-mate non-dairy creamer and Bear Brand powdered milk drink but it will also create much-needed jobs. Now, that promises wellness for a lot of lives here.

Below is an exciting recipe from Chef Tess of the Julius Maggi Kichen.



1  cup water
2  pcs. pandan leaves tied in a knot
1/2  cup sugar
1/2 cup bottled cherries, drained, sliced into halves
1 pc. red apple, skin on & cube
1 pc. pear, skin pn & cube
1/2 cup green seedless grapes
1/2  cup red seedless grapes
1 (250mg) Nestle all purpose cream, chilled
 cashew nuts, coarsely crushed
 cinnamon powder


Make pandan syrup by boiling pandan leaves in water with sugar. Boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. In a bowl,combine all fruits and toss into the pandan syrup. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Line individual containers with crushed cashew nuts. Scoop fruit mixture on top of fruits. Top with a dollop of cream and dust with cinnamon powder before serving.

SOURCE: Celebrity Recipes plus Lifestyle (September-October Issue)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nestlé Welcomes New Batch of Scholars

Chairman and CEO John Miller and EXECOM Members Gid Manuel, Edith de Leon, Peter Noszek, and Sandra Puno with the new batch of Nestlé scholars
Twenty-three new scholars have joined the roster of qualified employee children enjoying the benefits of the Nestlé Scholarship Program, now on its 14th year.

This brings to 393 the total of Nestlé Scholars today, with the most number coming from MAO (39%), followed by Cabuyao and Cagayan de Oro (22% each), Lipa (12%), and Pulilan (5%). The number of scholarship slots allotted to each site is based on the ratio and proportion of each site’s manpower count according to employee level.

The new scholars from MAO, Cabuyao, Lipa and Pulilan were awarded their Nestlé Scholarship certificates in simple ceremonies held at the Nestlé Center training rooms on June 1, 2010. Chairman and CEO John Miller, assisted by Corporate HR Director Gid Manuel, Finance & Control Director Peter Noszek, Communications Director Sandra Puno, and Corporate Affairs Director Edith de Leon, presented the certificates to the new scholars and their parents.

In his message, Chairman and CEO John Miller underscored how the Nestlé Scholarship Program demonstrates the value that NPI gives to education. “Although you are very young, you have already exhibited the passion for education,” John told the new batch of scholars. “The most important gift you will ever receive is education. As Nestlé scholars, you are role models, the future leaders of the Philippines. Well done to each and everyone of you.”

John also lauded the parents of the scholars. “Congratulations, parents. You are role models as well.”

The event also marked the first time that the Nestlé Scholarship Program awarding ceremony was held at a central location for all Luzonbased work sites. Corporate Learning & Development Head Mitzie Antonio explained, “We decided to have just one awarding for all Luzon-based worksites here at MAO to allow our new scholars and their parents the opportunity to meet our EXECOM.”

CDO held its Nestlé Scholarship Program awarding ceremony on June 26 at the factory. Grade 5 student Hendrich Namoca, son of Pulilan HR Executive Hope Namoca, led the opening prayer where he thanked the Lord “for giving us the best parents who always guide us in everything we do, showing us love and support.”

In her closing prayer, Grade 2 student Angela Paderes, the 7-year old daughter of Cabuyao Factory’s Ethel Paderes, thanked the Lord for the blessing, and urged fellow scholars to “study well to make our parents proud of us.”

Employee-parent representative from Sales Control, Joy Ginez, mother of new scholar Isabelle Beatriz, expressed her gratitude to the Nestlé family for the recognition given to employees’ children through the program. “This is a concrete example of Creating Shared Value. Rest assured that your investment in our scholars is an investment for their future.”

Started in 1996, the Nestlé Scholarship Program recognizes the academically outstanding children of Nestlé employees, in order to inspire and motivate them to continue to excel in their studies. Once awarded, the scholarship is renewable every year, provided the student-scholar maintains an annual Grade Point Average of 85% or its equivalent, with no failing marks or incomplete grade in any subject. The employee-parent of the scholar must likewise be of good standing in the Company, with no records of unexcused absence, violation of the rule on tardiness, and suspension.

Nestlé scholars in grade school and high school get a company assistance of PhP 16,000 annually, while college and vocational scholars receive a yearly assistance of PhP 25,000.

“We welcome the new batch of Nestlé scholars, and wish them all the best as they strive to continue to excel in the school year 2010-2011. We hope that our Nestlé scholars will serve as an inspiration to students out there to value their education and study hard to achieve excellence,” Gid said.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (June 30, 2010)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nestle Philippines 'greening' its supply chain

NESTLÉ Philippines is making sure that its environmental advocacy will spread throughout the lifecycle of its products by enjoining all the companies involved in its operations, from production to marketing, to take the green route.

Under its Greening the Supply Chain (GSC) program, Nestlé Philippines is influencing its suppliers, vendors and other business partners to improve their level of environmental performance.

"This ensures the continuous improvement of environmental performance throughout the supply chain, from producing and purchasing of raw materials, to manufacturing, packaging, distribution and finally to the consumer." Engineer Renato Alvarado, Nestlé's Corporate Safety, Health and Environment Executive, said.

Alvarado explained that the GSC program requires measures to reduce water consumption and energy efficiency initiatives.

The company, for its part, has also made substantial investments for its wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal and solid waste segregation.

Nestlé has been in the Philippines for 99 years. It has four manufacturing plants in the country.

The Cagayan de Oro factory manufactures Nescafé and Bear Brand, the Cabuyao factory produces Nido, Nesvita, Nan, Nestogen, Bear Brand Choco, Nestlé All-Purpose Cream, Ready-to-Drink Milo, Bear Brand Sterilized, and Chuckie; the Lipa factory, produces Milo and Nestlé Breakfast Cereals; and the Pulilan factory manufactures Nestlé Ice Cream and Chilled products.

The company recently announced that it is investing another P4.3-billion over two years for a new factory to be built on a 27-hectare site in Tanauan, Batangas.

Construction of the new factory will start this month and is expected to be completed in March 2012. The facility will produce Coffee-Mate Non-Dairy Creamer and Bear Brand Powdered Milk Drink.

To ensure the program's effective implementation, Alvarado said they also provide free education on environmental management system and a forum for exchanging best practices for business partners.

The firm also makes available its customized assistance such as initial environmental reviews and follow-up visits, he added.

"Environmental protection is a responsibility." said Alvarado. "Nestlé promotes activities which help establish awareness on the importance of environmental protection, transforming this awareness to conviction and sustainable actions among its employees, business partners and other stakeholders not only in business but even on personal level."

Nestlé Philippines is expected to strongly influence the green advocacy among enterprises in the country since it is one of the top six corporations here.

by: Sherriebelle Alegre

SOURCE: Express Life (September 12, 2010)

Former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore Commends NQC Team

Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore commended the Non-Quality Cost (NQC) Project Team for its achievements in 2007, treating team members to a merienda on February 26. Total Non-Quality Cost was reduced by 27% in 2007 and 40% during the project team’s two-year existence.

An important contributor to this achievement was the Ice Cream and Chilled BU team, which was coached by Industrial Performance Head Philippe Chappet.

In preparation for 2008, the NQC team members visited the trade on January 27 to observe practices in the modern and traditional distribution of Nestlé products. They also went to the Port Area in February to observe operations of the port operator and customs broker.

The NQC team operates as a core group working through and with many collaborators in the organization to identify and reduce Non Quality Cost in the Commercial, Distribution and Technical areas. Led by Philippe Chappet, the core team draws membership from across the functions.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (April 15, 2008)

Friday, September 17, 2010

GMA Inaugurates NBS (with former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore)

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo formally inaugurated the Nestlé Business Services (NBS) AOA on February 29, 2008 in simple ceremonies held at the NBS offices in Meycauayan, Bulacan.

NPI Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore and NBS AOA Head Craig Connolly welcomed the President, who was joined by Trade & Industry Secretary Peter Favila, the Swiss Ambassador Peter Sutter, and members of the local government led by Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza, Congresswomen Reylina Nicolas and Lorna Silverio, Congressman Pedro Pancho, Meycauayan City Mayor Joan Alarilla, and members of the City Council of Meycauayan City. Key NPI executives joined DNK in welcoming the President, led by Finance & Control Director Peter Noszek, Corporate Affairs Head Bin Antonio, Incoming Corporate Affairs Head Edith de Leon, Head of Legal Belen Caberte, Director of Communications Noy Dy-Liacco, HR Director Gid Manuel, Outgoing SCM Head Robert Vallender, and HR Director for Zone AOA Nigel Isherwood.

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, President Arroyo toured the NBS facilities where Craig and NBS Employee Services Head Fritz Adorable briefed her on the professional services to be rendered by the NBS. A new corporate entity of the global Nestlé Group, the NBS will serve as the shared service center for financial and employee service needs of Nestlé companies in Zone AOA (Asia, Oceania and Africa). Countries to be served by NBS include the Philippines, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia, Indochina, Australia and New Zealand. The entity’s financial services will include account payables and receivables as well as accounting operations, while its employee services will cover payroll, HR administration, time management and benefits administration.

Nandu said that the establishment of NBS in the country, which was announced in August 2007, is a concrete expression of the Nestlé Group’s long-term confidence and commitment to support the continued economic growth of the country. He noted that a number of countries had been considered as possible sites for NBS, with the Philippines finally selected because of talent availability and cost efficiency. “This decision recognizes our world-class capabilities in financial and employee services, and will allow us, yet again, to showcase Filipino competence. We are happy that through the NBS, we are able to help spur economic growth in the country,” he said.

NBS is designed to deliver best-in-class office support at competitive service levels and costs to Nestlé companies in the region. The Nestlé Group has successfully implemented the shared service model in Europe and the Americas, resulting in maximized cost effectiveness, efficiency, and higher quality of financial and employee service transactions.

“NBS AOA centralizes the financial and employee service requirements of various Nestlé companies in Zone AOA at one location, in the Philippines. We expect this shared service setup not only to deliver cost efficiencies, but to also allow Nestlé companies to focus more on their core business, which is generating demand,” Craig shared during the briefing with the President.

NBS AOA is located at the same site in Meycauayan where Nestlé Philippines’ North Distribution Center operates as the Company’s largest and most modern distribution center in the country. “We chose Meycauayan as the NBS site because the area is underdeveloped from a BPO standpoint. This will allow us to recruit local talent, control turnover, and deliver on our commitments,” Craig explained.

He said that financial and employee services transactions are being taken over by NBS progressively, starting with Nestlé Philippines which completed the transition of its financial services by end of 2007, and its employee services this month. A total transition of all Nestlé companies in-scope in the Zone is expected by end of 2008.

NBS AOA now has a complement of 200 professionals with finance and HR expertise, with its manpower expected to grow close to 450 by end of 2008, almost all of whom will be Filipinos. “A major reason why we chose the Philippines as the site for the NBS AOA Shared Service

Centre is the availability of local talent, with an impressive number of graduates generated by the Philippine educational system. We view this as a key strength that will allow us to drive success for NBS AOA,” Craig said.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (March 15, 2008)

Win as ONE NESTLÉ (Former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore)

Welcome to our team of winners!” Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore greeted the sharkforce, who, together with selected distributors and representatives of the BESTeams and Shared Service units, gathered for the first day plenary session of this year’s National Sales Kick-Off held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza from January 31 to February 1, 2008.

For the first time in the history of Nestlé Philippines and consistent with this year’s Kick-Off theme of Winning as One, the sharkforce of the Ice Cream and Chilled Dairy joined their colleagues from Grocery Retail, Nestlé Nutrition, and Nestlé Professional for the 2008 National Sales Kick-off, with one theme and under one roof. The Sales Kick-off for Ice Cream and Chilled had traditionally been held separately in the past.

This, according to Nandu, is a demonstration of the NPI team’s commitment to win as one in 2008. “It is time to think and act as one. We have to help each other win as one. We have to help each other fix each other’s problems. A winning team leaves no one behind. A winning team wins as ONE!”

Fresh from the wins of 2007, the NPI sharkforce should make winning a habit, added Nandu. “Every single day, we have to win the equivalent of 20 million votes from our consumers! So let’s ask ourselves, ‘In every store, every day, what can I do to win?’ Let us continue to approach things with the hunger of a challenger, and walk away as hungry winners.”

He cited the success stories of Infant Nutrition, Ice Cream, and Nestlé Professional. “Infant Nutrition lost fire five years ago and is now back, exceeding targets. Ice Cream has been in deep touble, and has come back. Nestlé Professional cut its sales and SKUs by half and came back after middle of last year with 10% growth.”

The difference between winners and losers is attitude, he stressed. “If you believe you will win, you will win! This winning attitude will push us for a win in every store, with consumers and with customers.”

Well Done, Sharkforce!
Grocery National Sales Director Shahab Bachani commended the Sharkforce for a job well done in 2007. “Undoubtedly, 2007 was a great year for us, allowing us to achieve our targets despite the difficult business environment. In 2007, we have shown that we are a team that reached beyond. This is another proof that success can only be achieved if every member of the NPI team work together.”

Shahab also paid tribute to his predecessor, former Grocery National Sales Director Eugenio Simioni, who left Nestlé Philippines in September last year to head the Nestlé Group Audit in Switzerland. “This success would not have been possible without the leadership of Eugenio. Eugenio, this is because of your effort!”

He challenged the sharkforce to Win again, as One in 2008. “We have won in 2007, “but this is history now. It is 2008, and it is time to raise the bar and be best in class. Let us do this through flawless execution, by continuing to build on the basics, by making our products available, visible, and accessible, and through bigger and better programs. Sharkforce, in 2008, we have to win as ONE NESTLÉ

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (February 15, 2008)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Richard Laube leaves Nestlé

Vevey, Switzerland, August 31, 2010

Richard Laube, Executive Vice President in charge of Nestlé Nutrition, has decided to pursue personal opportunities outside Nestlé and is therefore leaving the company with immediate effect.

During his five years at Nestlé, Mr. Laube first held the position of Head of Business Development before taking up his responsibilities as Head of Nestlé Nutrition. Under his tenure, Nestlé Nutrition grew substantially, not least as a result of the acquisitions of Jenny Craig, Novartis Medical Nutrition and the Gerber Baby Food Company, which were successfully integrated into the company. During this time, Nestlé Nutrition’s different businesses also developed into prominent positions in their respective markets.

Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke: “We respect Mr. Laube’s decision, thank him for his valuable contribution during his time at Nestlé and wish him all the best for the future.”

Nestlé has asked Nandu Nandkishore, Nestlé Nutrition’s Global Business Head of Infant Nutrition, to take ad interim responsibility for Nestlé Nutrition, effective today. The Board of Directors will take a decision on a permanent appointment to this post in due time.