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Nestlé welcomes Purina team to Parnell headquarters

EMBARGOED 2PM 25 June 2013

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Give them a round of “a-paws”: Nestlé welcomes Purina team to Parnell headquarters

It’s no dog’s life at Nestlé New Zealand this June when both the human and canine members of its leading Nestlé Purina pet care division, officially take up residence at the company’s NZ headquarters located in Parnell, Auckland.

On June 25, the Swiss Ambassador to New Zealand, Her Excellency Marion Weichelt Krupski, will officially open the Nestlé New Zealand offices with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The opening marks the conclusion of a two-year project to have the Nestlé team together in one office. The Nestlé Carlaw Park office will house all parts of its business: Food & Beverage, Infant Nutrition, Nespresso, Professional and Purina, as well as its joint venture businesses CPW and Galderma.

For Ambassador Dr. Weichelt Krupski, the occasion is a unique opportunity to meet the Nestlé New Zealand team. Nestlé, the world’s largest Food and Beverage Company is Switzerland’s third highest ranked company in terms of revenue. 2013 is a significant year for Switzerland and New Zealand in that it marks the 50th anniversary of trade relations between these two countries that have a lot in common beyond pristine scenery!

Veronique Cremades, CEO and Country Manager of Nestlé New Zealand, says “having all employees working from one site will lead to powerful, united team work and will provide countless opportunities for personal growth and career development. It will promote great working culture in a Four Green Star working space with contemporary design that promotes cross functional working relationships.”

As the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company, Nestlé’s acquisition of Purina in 2001 was a natural step given its philosophy of providing nourishment and nutrition for a good life – both for people and their pets.

But it’s not just the dedicated employees of Purina moving into the Nestlé offices, the canine counterparts will be a valued addition to the Parnell Headquarters – with the Purina team encouraged to bring their furry companions into their pet-friendly environment which is part of the same office, but physically separated from other divisions.

The delightful Purina office space even includes a doggie-door in a meeting room to facilitate ultimate canine convenience, as insight- based culture is at the heart of Nestlé’s way of leading business.

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About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company with sales of CHF 92.2 billion.

Its mission of "Good Food, Good Life" is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories and eating occasions, from morning to night.

Nestlé believes that it is only possible to create long-term sustainable value for its shareholders if its behaviour, strategies and operations also create value for the communities where it operates, for its business partners and of course, for its consumers. Nestlé calls this 'creating shared value'.

The Nestlé Corporate Business Principles are at the basis of the company’s culture, developed over 140 years, which reflects the ideas of fairness, honesty and long-term thinking.

About Nestlé New Zealand

The Nestlé trademark was registered in New Zealand in 1885 and the company has been doing business in New Zealand for 128 years.

Nestlé New Zealand is a top 5 supplier to the New Zealand grocery trade.

It has two manufacturing facilities in New Zealand; one in Wiri, Auckland which makes MAGGI products and confectionery lines such as NESTLÉ Scorched Almonds, ODDFELLOWS, MACKINTOSH’S toffees, WONKA lines and BLACK KNIGHT Licorice, and another factory in Marton which makes TUX dog biscuits.

Exports from the Wiri factory total NZD $63 million per annum.

Nestlé New Zealand employs 700 people in New Zealand.

Nestlé New Zealand’s principle brands include: NESCAFÉ, NESPRESSO, CARO, MILO, NESQUIK, MAGGI, CARNATION, HIGHLANDER, UNCLE TOBYS, KIT KAT, WONKA, ALLENS, BLACK KNIGHT, HEARDS MILKYBAR, NESTLE NAN, WYETH S26, PURINA, FANCY FEAST, FRISKIES, TUX.

Nestlé New Zealand last year invested over $3 million dollars back into the NZ community, in activities ranging from product donations to City Missions, Salvation Army and 0800 Hungry; MAGGI Kitchen showdown promoting cooking skills to Intermediate School children; collaboration with the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health and NZ Nutrition Foundation providing nutrition advice to the general population (A fit & healthy you booklet), recreational sports people (21 nutrition advice sheets tailored to individual sports), and a teaching resource (Be Healthy, Be Active)with interactive components for Years 7 & 8 children; supporting junior rugby in Auckland; supporting Toque d”Or - a chefs competition for trainee chefs, and continuing New Zealand’s longest running sponsorship, the TUX Sheep Dog trials.

Both factories invested $25,000 in their local community on projects with an environmental focus.

In 2012 a new Creating Shared Value project, “Cook for Life”, was rolled out in South Auckland where Nestlé worked with Kidz First and Youthline to provide nutrition training and practical cooking classes to ‘at risk teenagers’ in the community.

For more information, see www.nestle.co.nz

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