Making Sustainable Choices Should be Easy — These Nestlé Brands Want to Help

How we’re building a more sustainable future through our brands

Kelly Malley
Sep 16 · 5 min read

When you’re in the grocery store, you shouldn’t have to work hard to choose sustainable options. Sustainability is top of mind for many of you: in a recent survey, 96% of U.S. consumers said they try to live sustainably at least some of the time. At Nestlé, we believe that good food goes beyond tasting great, and that the brands you love can share that love back with the planet. Our brands want to make it easy for you to make climate conscious choices.

From improving water usage to reducing our carbon footprint, our mission is to leave the world better than we found it. That goal may sound ambitious, but we’re confident in the ingenuity of our teams and the power of our brands to accomplish them.

Carnation, Nescafé, Sweet Earth, and Gerber are just a few of our brands that are working hard to be part of the climate solution and drive real change. Here’s a taste of the efforts happening behind the scenes of some of your favorite (or future favorite) Nestlé brands.

Carnation: Restoring Water & Charting a Path to Net Zero

The regeneration of local watersheds in Modesto is just one part of Carnation’s work in sustainability. Earlier this year, as part of Nestlé’s $10 million investment in the U.S. Dairy Net Zero Initiative, Carnation supplier Trinkler Dairy Farm became the first partner farm of U.S. Dairy’s Dairy Scale for Good pilot. The farm will pilot new technologies and sustainable farming practices to demonstrate the economic viability of achieving net zero carbon emissions within the next five years.

Nescafé: Rejuvenating Coffee Crops

A coffee farmer harvests ripened coffee cherries. (Joaquin Sarmiento/AP Images for Nestlé Nescafé Taster’s Choice)

To help rejuvenate crops, between 2010–2020 Nescafé distributed 235 million coffee plantlets to farmers that supply us. These plantlets are easier-to-grow, climate resilient and will help coffee farming communities thrive.

Nescafé is also committed to reducing carbon emissions, having reduced emissions by 46% since 2010, which is meaningful step towards Nestlé’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Sweet Earth: Unlocking the Power of Plant-Based Foods

This idea has driven Sweet Earth to make proactive choices to protect the planet. This work includes sourcing ingredients responsibly, constantly looking for ways to reduce the use of energy and water in their facilities, and by recently committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.

Sweet Earth is so enthusiastic about sustainability, they built an ever-changing Eco Clock so you can check in on their progress.

Gerber: Preserving the Planet for the Next Generation

Gerber has also committed to planting 1 million trees in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Trees are sustainability power houses: they retain carbon in the soil, purify air and encourage biodiversity.

Speaking of carbon — Gerber’s U.S. Organic portfolio and Natural pouches and glass jars are on track to be carbon neutral in 2022, and by 2025 its full baby food portfolio will follow.

At Nestlé, we understand that you want to make decisions that are climate conscious. We want to make those decisions easier for you, by doing the work to make the brands you already love share that love back with the planet. This work extends beyond these four brands. We’re constantly evolving across our entire portfolio, collaborating with farmers and innovating fresh ideas to build a more sustainable future.

This ongoing commitment is how we’ll achieve our mission to unlock the power of food to enhance life today, and for generations to come.

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