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Nestlé US Reduces Waste By 44% Since 2010

Product packaging is essential to preventing food waste along the value chain. Nestlé says it works continually to optimize the weight and volume of its packaging, supports initiatives to recycle or recover energy from used packaging and uses recycled materials wherever feasible. | Image credit: Nestlé

Nestlé has reduced 44 percent of its waste per ton of product since 2010 in the US, and five factory locations reached zero waste to landfill status by the end of 2013, according to the company’s new sustainability report.

The Creating Shared Value (CSV) report is the company’s first expanded effort to highlight U.S.-specific milestones and achievements tied to Nestlé’s global sustainability principles and commitments. The report documents the food giant’s nutritional, social and environmental progress from the past year, as well as provides updates on the company’s US progress toward its global commitments.

Other notable environmental impact updates include saving more than 3.3 billion pounds of plastic since 2003 by reducing the plastic content of its PET ½-liter water bottles by 60 percent. Nestlé is already on its way to achieving zero waste in Europe by 2020.

On the supply chain front, last year Nestlé says it achieved its goal of sourcing 100 percent Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified palm oil. The company also implemented Responsible Sourcing Guidelines for seafood that align with its global Responsible Sourcing Guidelines, working with experts to track suppliers and contribute to healthier ecosystems. In 2013, Nestlé also committed to sourcing 100 percent certified cocoa beans for its Crunch Bars.

Addressing growing health concerns in the US, Nestlé rolled out new portion guidance tools and launched an educational campaign, Balance Your Plate, to help consumers build nutritious and convenient meals that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The company also reduced sodium in many of its most popular brands, such as Stouffer’s® and DiGiorno®, and committed to further reduce sodium content by 10 percent in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria by the end of 2016.

96 percent of Nestlé’s children’s products now meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation’s criteria for lower sugar, and by the end of 2014, 100 percent of children’s products will meet these criteria, the company says. Nestlé has also committed to reaching zero food and beverage products with trans fat originating from PHOs used as functional ingredients by 2016.

Based in San Francisco, Mike Hower is a sustainability strategist and storyteller on Edelman's Business + Social Purpose team where he works with some of the world's leading brands on corporate sustainability strategy and stakeholder engagement. With several years of… [Read more about Mike Hower]