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Swiss Luxury Skincare Brand Cellcosmet Makes China Debut with HTDF

by swisschambei in Hospitality / Tourism / Retail

Swiss skincare, beauty and wellness brand Cellcosmet launched yesterday at Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex in Sanya, marking the high-end skincare label’s first physical store in China.
Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex is operated by licence holder Hainan Tourism Investment Duty Free Co (HTDF), which opened the store in downtown Sanya on 30 December last year. As reported, during the past month the retailer has introduced a wide array of fashion and high-end brands. It has added 59 brands to its cosmetics and fragrance zone, ranging from niche cult favourites to high-end names. Since opening, Hainan Tourism Duty Free Shopping Complex has attracted more than 700 international and domestic brands, covering 45 offshore duty free categories. Luxury skincare brands include La Mer and La Prairie. The Cellcosmet launch ceremony on the fourth floor of the retail complex was attended by HTDF Chairman and General Manager Xie Zhiyong, Cellcosmet China General Manager Zhang Yong and Deputy General Manager Sun Yahong, along with other senior executives.

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Cainiao, Nestlé Team up on Promoting Greener Supply Chain

by swisschambei in Hospitality / Tourism / Retail

Cainiao Network has teamed up with Nestlé to promote a greener supply chain for the leading Swiss food company’s operations across China. Alibaba’s logistics arm said the cooperation is an ‘industry first’ when it comes to achieving sustainable end-to-end supply chain management, which will transform Nestlé’s operations from the production line all the way to warehousing, transfer, distribution and package recycling by end consumers. Both companies have already started working last month on a recycling service on Cainiao’s app and its mini-programs on Alipay and WeChat. Chinese consumers who purchase products from Nestlé’s premium coffee brand Sense Café, for instance, can use a new mobile feature to book a time slot for couriers to pick up the used packaging at their doorsteps for free, which will be delivered to the recycling sites. The move comes as Alibaba steps its effort to reduce its carbon footprint, along with brand partners like Nestlé, with a shared goal of reaching net zero emissions. With consumption reaching new levels in China, there is growing importance to “preempt the transition towards a greener supply chain, with concrete and step-changing sustainability actions,” said Tony Domingo, Nestlé’s senior vice president of supply chain and procurement in the Greater China region.

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SWISS Reveals Premium Economy Cabin To Be Launched Before 2022

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SWISS has revealed it will launch a new premium economy cabin by the end of the year. The cabin has a retro-business feel about it and will be fitted to the entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft operated by the airline by the start of next summer. The airline will be placing 24 seats from ZIM in the cabin with a 2-3-2 configuration between the economy and business class cabins. SWISS revealed that it is already selling tickets for the premium economy cabin on flights from April 2022. The airline announced that before this, the cabin would be offered as a paid upgrade for economy passengers, where available, during the introductory phase. The airline’s Boeing 777s are planned to fly to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Singapore.

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Nestlé’s New Investment Projects Settled in Guhe Subdistrict, Laixi Qingdao

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Nestlé, Laixi Government and Laixi Guhe Subdistrict Office jointly hosted the signing ceremony of new investment projects in Guhe Subdistrict of Laixi, a county-level city in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province. This marks another major project in Laixi for this Fortune Global 500 company after 25 years. The Guhe Subdistrict of Laixi, where the Qingdao Laixi Food Industry Cluster (ca. 10.73 km²) is located, has been giving full play to the role of leading enterprises including Nestlé to drive the formation of a complete industrial chain integrating food processing, packaging, storage and transportation. The new project has decided to settle in Laixi for its optimized business environment and efficient government services. Several rounds of talks were held by local governments to facilitate the successful landing of the new projects. “We want to show Nestlé China’s headquarters in Beijing our sincerity in making partnership and the bright future of cooperation between the two sides”, said Xu Donghui, secretary of the Party Working Committee of Guhe Subdistrict, Laixi City. At the ceremony, Nestlé announced a series of new initiatives in Laixi, including the establishment of a product innovation center, launch of new Gerber puree products, expansion of its production capacity and further promotion of sustainable development, covering its main businesses of infant supplement food, coffee and dairy products, etc.

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Nestlé Launches Plant-Based Harvest Gourmet Brand in China

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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

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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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