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The world’s leading food company Nestlé announced donation of ventilators to Côte d’Ivoire in fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Ivorian Government has taken series of preventive measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The donation included two ventilators, complementing the 18 ordered by the government in addition to the four already available in this West African country of 25 million inhabitants.

  • Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, suggested a donation to the Infectious and Tropical Disease Service of the Treichville University Hospital. This is the unit critical COVID-19 patients are referred to in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • The donation is timely, as the need for ventilators exceeds available equipment. It took place in Côte d’Ivoire but it could have been elsewhere in the world.
  • Expressions of solidarity and support to those impacted by COVID-19 are becoming more commonplace; and Nestlé and its employees have stood up and helped around the world.

The major investments and deals by Nestlé are featured below:

May 2020: Nestlé announced a series of investments totalling USD 103 million that will further strengthen its footprint in China and continue to enhance its product portfolio with innovative and premium products.

April 2020: Nestlé Purina PetCare is a subsidiary of global food processing company Nestlé, has acquired natural pet food brand Lily’s Kitchen. The UK based Lily’s Kitchen is a leading producer of premium wet and dry natural foods for dogs and cats. Even after deal Lily’s Kitchen will continue to be run as a stand-alone business from its base in London, UK.

February 2020: The world’s leading food processing firm Nestlé announced that its subsidiary Nestlé Mexico plans to invest US$700 million in building a new coffee processing plant in Veracruz and modernising 16 sites in Mexico. The fresh investment will generate 400 direct and 4000 indirect jobs in the country.

About Nestlé
Nestlé is the world’s largest, most diversified food and beverages company. Established over 150 years ago, Nestlé employs more than 300,000 worldwide. Nestlé is dedicated to advancing nutrition, health, and wellness in a way that is sustainable and responsible and the company is a leader in many of the fastest growing food and beverages categories including coffee, petcare, bottled water and infant formula. Nestlé has some of the world’s most recognisable brands, with household names like Nescafé, global icons like Perrier and local favourites like NaturNes and Milo.
Nestlé’s strengths include global reach, an attractive product portfolio, powerful brands, industry-leading R&D and talented workforce.
Nestlé has added substantial shareholder value with dividends increasing in each of the past 24 years and is on path of achieving mid single-digit organic growth by 2020.
Global Presence
Nestlé has a global footprint with products sold in 190 countries. Nestlé focuses on expanding its presence in high-growth regions. Emerging markets represent more than 40% of sales. In most of the emerging markets, Nestlé has been present for many decades and our brands enjoy a high level of trust and are rightly viewed as local.
Nestlé currently has more than 400 factories in 85 countries. Regional distribution of factories:
• Americas – Countries with largest number of factories in region are USA (77), Brazil (17) & Mexico (13), other countries in the region with large number of factories are Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia & Venezuela.
• Asia, Oceania & Sub-saharan Africa – Greater China has 30+ factories, other countries in the region with large number of factories are Australia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa & Philippines
• Europe, Middle East & North Africa – Countries with largest number of factories in region are France (19), Germany (14), Switzerland (11), UK (10) and Spain (10), other countries in the region with large number of factories are Israel, Italy, Poland & Russia.

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