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Nestlé Launches Plant-Based Harvest Gourmet Brand in China

by swisschambei in Hospitality / Tourism / Retail

Nestlé launched its plant-based Harvest Gourmet brand in China, moving into the country’s meat substitute industry that has seen a surge of interest from investors and brands over the past year. The Swiss food and drink giant said the brand, which is available in Australia, would offer burgers, sausages, nuggets and mince, and will also sell dishes aimed to appeal to Chinese taste-buds, such as kung pao chicken, braised meatballs and pork belly. Demand for alternatives to regular meat is surging due to concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment. Entrants to China’s meat substitute market in recent months have ranged from domestic firms Zhenmeat and Starfield to U.S. firm Beyond Meat Inc, which has collaborations with Starbucks and Yum China’s KFC chain. Harvest Gourmet products sold in China will be produced by Nestlé’s faux-meat factory in Tianjin, its first in Asia. The brand will open an online store on Alibaba Group’s Tmall marketplace this month, and will gradually start offering products for sale from Alibaba’s Hema supermarket chain by the end of 2020, Nestlé said. “We see China leading the trend towards a new generation of plant-based food in Asia, as people look for options that are good for them and good for the planet,” Rashid Qureshi, chief executive of Nestlé Greater China, said in a statement.

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Nestlé Reports Nine-Month Sales for 2020

by swisschambei in Hospitality / Tourism / Retail

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, commented: “Nestlé has remained resilient in a difficult and volatile environment. Our people have acted in a responsible and prompt manner to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic and have adapted quickly to evolving consumer needs. Strong organic growth was broad based and supported by sustained momentum in the Americas, Purina PetCare and Nestlé Health Science, as well as the acceleration of our coffee business in the third quarter. We continue to develop our portfolio with speed and discipline. As an example, we are transforming Nestlé Health Science into a nutrition and health powerhouse through a combination of strong organic growth and targeted acquisitions. The recent additions of Zenpep, Vital Proteins and Aimmune Therapeutics are further steps in the expansion of our nutritional health offerings.” China saw negative growth, turning positive in the third quarter. Coffee, culinary and ice cream all delivered positive growth, with sequential quarterly improvements. The contraction in Wyeth infant formula sales continued to moderate. The roll-out of the locally produced Belsol brand is on track. Infant cereals and Purina PetCare both grew at a double-digit rate. Nestlé Professional reported a sales decrease, with growth recovering to almost flat in the third quarter. Strong momentum in e-commerce continued, driven by Nescafé, Starbucks products and dairy.

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China Feeds Nestlé’s Global Ambitions in Plant-Based Meat

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Nestlé has launched a campaign on three continents, taking aim at the fast-growing market for plant-based meat alternatives that has been led by startups like Beyond Meat. Nestlé began selling its Garden Gourmet Sensational Burger — a plant-based ready-made patty — in Europe this month. It also targets the huge U.S. and Chinese markets. The entry of the world’s largest food company broadens the field of competition in plant-based meat, which has gotten a boost from increased health awareness during the coronavirus pandemic. “Success in plant-based foods will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” CEO Mark Schneider has said. The company is accelerating its push into meat alternatives around the world. In China, it is investing CHF 100 million (USD 110 million) to expand a factory in Tianjin, with plans to start producing artificial meat there by the end of the year. The company sees significant room for growth in China, the world’s largest consumer of pork.

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DKSH Extends Partnership with Bruker in China

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DKSH Business Unit Technology and Bruker, renowned for its market leading analytical X-ray solutions, have extended their distribution agreement in China. Last year in April, the two companies strengthened their partnership in Asia by adding a business cooperation in China with the distribution of the Bruker XRF products S2 PUMA and S2 POLAR. With the extended agreement, DKSH will also provide marketing, sales and after-sales services in China for the Bruker 3D X-ray Microscopy product line. The 3D X-ray Microscopy product portfolio consist of three powerful benchtop systems and the SKYSCAN 2214, which is the highest resolution 3D X-ray microscope launched by Bruker, a pioneer in X-ray nano-tomography. The entire SKYSCAN series offers 3D X-ray microscopy at exceptional resolution with an unparalleled user experience. Utilizing the latest technologies in each of the components make the SKYSCAN series the most complete and versatile system on the market. DKSH aims to bring 3D X-ray Microscopy to customers across a range of material science industries, including geology, oil & gas exploration, polymers & composites, batteries & energy storage, pharma & packaging, automotive & aerospace, 3D printing and electronics.

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Foreign Diplomats Experience Reopening of Beijing’s Water Town

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It’s a chance to finally get out of the city and to see things gradually getting back to normal. The diplomats’ visit comes just as northern Beijing’s Gubei Water Town makes a new debut after closing down during the COVID-19 outbreak. The scenic spot invited several diplomats to its reopening ceremony over the weekend, including Consul General of the Embassy of Switzerland in China Christian Gobet, Consul General of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in China Marija Haramija and World Health Organization representative Dr. Robert Kezaala. “It’s been a difficult period of time for a lot of industries, especially tourism. So for them to reopen now, I think that the public is obviously thrilled,” said Noah Fraser, managing director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. “The recovery in Beijing is doing quite well. Slowly but surely, it’s going back to normal,” said Gobet. Gubei Water Town is located about 150 kilometers away from central Beijing. It’s modeled on southern China’s famous water town of Wuzhen with rivers running through it and traditional Chinese-style architecture.

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Nestlé Launches Personalized Healthy Drink Series

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World-leading food and beverage giant Nestlé on Tuesday launched NESQINO – a series of healthy drinks made from 100 percent natural ingredients to tap into the health-food market and attract health-conscious consumers. The product has been developed by Nestlé Dairy Research & Development in less than 18 months, emphasizing healthy and balanced ingredients and aiming to differentiate itself from diet meal replacements. Its target consumers are aged 25-35 and interested in healthy lifestyles. Chinese consumers have shown a rising interest in health and well-being since the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic, said Jason Yu, general manager of Kantar Worldpanel China. This offers more market potential for products related to health and well-being, he said. Rashid Qureshi, chairman and CEO of Nestlé China, said: “Chinese consumers have rigorous requirements for their health, and they are increasingly looking for solutions for their individual health needs. In response, Nestlé has brought together its global R&D resources and creative nutritionists to develop NESQINO, a smart and simple solution for making personalized healthy and tasty drinks.”

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Coronovirus Outbreak: This Swiss Company is Playing a Crucial Role in Combating the Disease

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As the deadly coronavirus continues to send jitters worldwide, panic-stricken countries are looking at ways to combat the spread. To limit the spread of the virus, hospitals in China are using Swiss manufacturer IQ Air’s purifiers. The air purifiers gained prominence in 2002 when the Hong Kong Hospital Authority deployed its air purifiers in facilities treating patients. In an interaction with Moneycontrol, CEO Jens Hammes outlined the company’s plans and explained how his company’s product can help in dealing with the epidemic.

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SWISS Extends Flight Restrictions for China, Iran and Italy

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In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, SWISS International Airlines has extended its flight suspension to China and added Iran and Italy to the list of countries with no or limited service. SWISS announced that for the safety of passengers and flight crew it was further suspending flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai until April 24th. This follows the announcement in February that the suspension on flights to Mainland China would be suspended until March 28. This was a decision taken by the parent company, Lufthansa Group, and applies to several airlines including Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. The Lufthansa Group also suspended flights from Munich to Hong Kong between March 6th and April 24th. Some connections are also cancelled on the routes from Frankfurt and Munich to Seoul. New restrictions have also been put in place for other destinations that have seen an outbreak of Covid-19 infections in the last couple of weeks. Connections to Tehran have been suspended until April 30th, according to Keystone-SDA.

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SWISS to Serve New Daxing International Airport

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Swiss International Air Lines (Swiss) is to switch its Zurich-Beijing services from the present Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX). The change will be made with the start of the 2020 summer schedules at the end of March. The move will offer travelers more attractive timetables on the route. The eastbound service will leave Zurich late in the afternoon and arrive in Beijing just after 09:00 on the following day. The westbound flight will depart from Beijing at 11:00 and arrive in Zurich at 15:35 on the same day. Swiss serves Beijing daily in summer and five times weekly in winter. The route is operated using Airbus A330 equipment. The new Beijing Daxing International Airport, which was designed by top architect Zaha Hadid, opened last autumn and is in the south of the city. The new facility meets all the requirements of an airport today and is ideally linked to the public transport network. The airport is set to become one of the world’s busiest by 2025.

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Nestlé & Kidswant DSCC Launch

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Following the fastest-ever changing speed of the Chinese Marketplace, precipitated by the behaviors of Consumers & Shoppers changing to “digitalization”, “diversification” and “speediness”, it has become critical for FMCG Companies to develop highly Innovative Technologies & Solutions. In the spirit of driving Consumer & Customer-centricity, Nestle GCR Supply Chain is leading with breakthrough Digital Supply Chain Capabilities in China. Recently, Nestle built a Smart “Digital Supply Chain Center (DSCC)” successfully and launched in Beijing with the witness from one of its business partners Kidswant, the well-known company in maternal and infant industry. Digital Supply Chain Center (DSCC) is a data and technology integrated smart Digital Supply Chain Center, providing a Real-time and end to end visibility through entire value chain. The Flow of Data, Information & Intelligence become visible in order to detect demand signals, triggering effective & on-time actions, therefore responding to the needs of consumers, shoppers & customers.

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