Held under the auspices of Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) CEO Prof. Hisham Al-Jadhey and The Acting Vice President for Food Sector Prof. Saleh Al Dosary, Nestlé Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit Eta’am Saudi Food Bank in Riyadh, to provide food and beverages as part of a campaign to “preserve grace” and reduce food loss in the Kingdom.
“We at Nestlé constantly strive to live up to our purpose of enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future,” said Samer Chedid, Country Manager at Nestlé Saudi Arabia, during a signing ceremony at the First SFDA Annual Conference. “This collaboration with Eta’am fits right into our Creating Shared Value principle of ensuring all we do benefits not only the company, but societies and the environment as well. It also helps us meet our published nutrition commitments to society to contribute to enabling healthier and happier lives in the Middle East and to reduce food loss and waste.”
“Eta’am understands the importance of collaborations with the private sector, and we know that meeting our objectives requires concerted efforts and dedication from many stakeholders,” said, Salamah Bin Soaidan, Member of Board of the Directorate at Eta’am, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by businessmen from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, with the goal of preserving grace and reducing food loss, in line with the Global FoodBanking Network and the Saudi Vision 2030.
Bin Soaidan added “We are especially proud to be joining forces with the world’s largest Food and Beverages Company on this initiative, and together we aim to enable healthier and happier lives, and educate on avoiding wasting food.”
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Nestlé in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia welcomed Nestlé as the first corporation to establish direct sales and distribution operations in the Kingdom in 2011, following more than 55 years of successful Nestlé presence through multiple agents. The Company operations in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, employ today close to 400 people and provide indirect full-time employment to almost 1000 more. In addition, the country is home to seven Nestlé Water factories.
The Kingdom was also where the first Nestlé Center of Excellence was established in 2012, helping Saudi university graduates acquire the skills to excel in the corporate world.
The diverse tastes of Saudi consumers benefit from the availability of a variety of Nestlé products as well as local innovations. This includes Nescafé Arabiana, the first-ever instant Arabic coffee, developed as a result of three years of intense research, and launched exclusively in Saudi Arabia in 2013 before being introduced into other countries.
About Nestlé Middle East
Nestlé Middle East’s heritage goes back over 80 years to 1934 when the first import operation was set up in Lebanon. Today, Nestlé Middle East owns and operates 18 factories and provides direct employment to more than 13,000 employees who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. It also provides indirect employment to several thousand more.
The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: dairy products and infant nutrition, bottled water, chocolate and confectionery, coffee creamers, breakfast cereals, culinary products, health science, skin health, and Pet Care, among others. Nestlé Nido, Nestlé NAN, S-26, Progress, Maggi, Nescafé, Kit Kat, Coffeemate, Nestlé Cerelac, Nestlé Fitness, Nestlé Pure Life, Nespresso, Optifast and Cetaphil are just some of the brands available in the Middle East.
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