Nestlé UK & Ireland today announced it is on target to achieve 100 per cent cocoa from sustainable sources by end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in UK and Ireland to achieve this milestone.

By working with UTZ Certified and Fairtrade Foundation, over 60 per cent of cocoa purchased by Nestlé UK & Ireland already comes from certified farms working with the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.  This year alone, certified cocoa will be sourced for famous brands such as QUALITY STREET, TOFFEE CRISP, MUNCHIES BLUE RIBAND, and BREAKAWAY.  In 2013, Nestlé UK and Ireland bought certified cocoa for SMARTIES, YORKIE and AERO.  KIT KAT 4 and 2 Finger became certified in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Andrew McIver, Confectionery Managing Director, Nestlé UK & Ireland: “Nestlé UK & Ireland is set to be the first to reach this landmark goal, making a real difference to farmers and their communities.  For QUALITY STREET, Nestlé has started purchasing certified cocoa and these products will be on the shelves in time for Christmas this year.  This means we are on track to reach 100 per cent by the end of 2015.”

In 2009, Nestlé announced that over the next 10 years it would invest CHF 110 million into plant science and sustainability initiatives as part of its broader Nestlé Cocoa Plan, which was developed to support small scale cocoa farmers around the world.  Those who benefit include farmers in the Ivory Coast, one of the poorest countries in the world but the source of 40 per cent of the world’s cocoa. UTZ Certified and The Fairtrade Foundation are both partners of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.  In addition, Nestlé is a member of Fair Labor Association and work collaboratively with them to investigate whether children are working on cocoa farms which are supplying its factories.

Cocoa plan: Supporting farmers for better chocolate

UTZ certification is awarded to farmers who have been trained to grow better crops, generate more income and create opportunities whilst safeguarding the environment and natural resources. Monitored by independent third parties, the farms and businesses involved must ensure sound agricultural practices, safe and healthy working conditions and must not use child labour.

Han de Groot, Executive Director of UTZ Certified, said:
“We have seen the willingness of leading companies to invest in and commit to sustainability grow strongly over the last couple of years. With Nestlé UK & Ireland’s commitment, UTZ Certified reaches a new milestone, endorsing the sustainability efforts of this market leader, and creating opportunities for cocoa producers worldwide to better market their product and improve their livelihoods.”

KIT KAT 2-Finger is the biggest Fairtrade item behind only bananas in terms of items sold and was a significant factor in the sale of Fairtrade cocoa increasing by 30% in 2013 compared to 2012.  The FAIRTRADE Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international FAIRTRADE standards. This independent consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across 66 developing countries benefit from the international FAIRTRADE system.

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For further information please contact:
Nestlé UK Press Office: 020 8667 6005 or nestleukpressoffice@uk.nestle.com

Notes to Editors:

Nestlé Cocoa Plan
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan will:

• Train more than 25,000 farmers in sustainable farming practices, ensuring a long term supply of good quality cocoa and profitable farms
• Deliver 40 schools by 2015
• Distribute almost three million higher yielding and disease resistant cocoa plantlets, with a further one million due to be provided to farmers this year. By 2019 we aim to have distributed more than 12 million plantlets
• Create the largest R&D centre of any food company in the world to pioneer sustainable sourcing by improving the quality of raw materials, including cocoa and coffee

Find out more at www.nestlecocoaplan.com

About Nestlé in the UK & Ireland

Nestlé UK & Ireland has approximately 7,000 employees and comprised of: Nestlé UK (Food & Beverage, Confectionery and Food Services), Nestlé Ireland, Nestlé Purina Petcare, Nestlé Waters, Cereal Partners UK (a joint venture with General Mills) and Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy (a joint venture with Lactalis).

In the UK, the company manufactures some of Nestlé’s most popular and iconic brands, including KIT KAT® confectionery, QUALITY STREET® confectionery, NESCAFÉ® soluble coffee, NESCAFE DOLCE GUSTO® coffee pods, SHREDDED WHEAT® cereal, BUXTON® water, NESTLÉ PURE LIFE® water and FRISKIES® petfood.

For more information on Nestlé in the UK, click on the following link: www.nestle.co.uk. For further information about the Cocoa Plan visit www.nestlecocoaplan.com

About UTZ Certified

TZ Certified is a programme and label for sustainable farming. Sustainable farming helps farmers, workers and their families to fulfill their ambitions and contributes to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources, now and in the future.
The mission of UTZ Certified is to create a world where sustainable farming is the norm; where famers implement good agricultural practices and manage their farms profitably with respect for people and planet, industry invests in and rewards sustainable production and consumers can enjoy and trust the products they buy.

Fair Labor Association

The Fair Labor Association combines the efforts of NGOs, universities and businesses to ensure products are produced fairly and ethically. In 2012 The FLA commissioned a team of 20 local and international experts to conduct an assessment of Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain in the Cote d’Iviore and published a detailed report with recommendations. www.fairlabor.org/report/assessment-Nestlé-cocoa-supply-chain-ivory-coast

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