Our work with Indian dairy farmers continues to grow through sustainable relationships of shared value.
Nestlé has been a partner in India’s growth since 1912, establishing a special relationship of trust and commitment with its people.
When Nestlé India set up its first manufacturing plant in Moga in 1961, the local milk economy was virtually non-existent. On the first day, we collected only 511 kgs of milk from 180 farmers.
Since then, Nestlé has set up milk collection centers that ensures prompt collection and pays fair prices, transforming Moga into a prosperous and vibrant milk district. By supplying milk to Nestlé, farmers are benefited from the assurance that our collection centers will purchase their entire quantity of milk, however big or small, as long as it meets Nestlé’s stringent quality standards. Furthermore farmers are paid monthly, guaranteeing them a regular income that would not be possible with seasonal crops. Since there is continuous demand from Nestlé for milk throughout the year, stabilising their occupation, assuring them of long term relationships and fair prices.
Through the NESCAFÉ Plan, we bring together Nestlé’s pledge to sustainable coffee farming, production and consumption under one leaf.
Coffee: The NESCAFÉ Plan
Nestlé launched the NESCAFÉ Plan, as part of its global initiative, in India in the year 2012. The plan aims to bring under one leaf Nestlé’s commitment on coffee farming, production and consumption. The launch was followed by an inauguration of a Coffee demonstration farm in Coorg.
This coffee demonstration farm in India intends to help farmers improve the quality, productivity and sustainability of their crops across the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to develop their agricultural practices as demand for NESCAFÉ soluble coffee grows in the country. Furthermore, Nestlé's research and development teams aim to provide farmers with high-yielding, disease resistant plantlets suitable for Indian conditions.
By working closely with Indian coffee farmers for training and development and ensuring competitive prices, transparency and traceability, we are seeking to source coffee sustainably.
I am happy that the NESCAFÉ PLAN is being launched in India. It will provide coffee farmers with technology and best practices for sustainable production of high quality coffee and also benefit them with improved access to markets. Shri Jawaid Akhtar, I.A.S, Chairman of the Coffee Board of India