Mexican national Mauricio Alarcon appointed CEO of Nestlé Central & West Africa

AFRICA – Nestlé, one of the major nutrition companies in the world, has appointed Mauricio Alarcon as new Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Central and West Africa Ltd, effective September 1, 2020. Mr. Alarcon, is a Mexican national with a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, a has a robust and in-depth understanding the Nestlé. He has been at the food nutrition giant for over 20 years and has worked for the company in various capacities in a number or regions in the world. In…

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Nestlé invests US$2.6m to conserve and rehabilitate Cavally forest reserve in Côte d’Ivoire

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The Nestlé group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Water and Forests of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire for the implementation of the CHF 3.34 million (US$3.5m) project aimed to conserve and rehabilitate the Classified Forest of Cavally, of which Nestlé is contributing CHF 2.5 million (US$2.6m). The agreement was signed by Mr. Alain-Richard DONWAHI, Minister of Water and Forests and Mr. Thomas CASO, Managing Director of Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence via video-conference of Mr. Magdi BATATO, Executive Vice-President, Director of Nestlé…

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Nestlé joins public-private coalition to boost quality education in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST– Nestlé has joined the Child Learning and Education Facility (CLEF) and the Early Learning and Nutrition Facility (ELAN) coalition to combat child labor and provide a good start in life and quality education for all children in rural communities in Ivory Coast. The CLEF & ELAN coalition is a pooled financing facility, and the first public-private partnership focused on scaling investments of 150million Swiss Francs (US$154.8m) to promote effective learning and early childhood development at scale in Côte d’Ivoire. Members to date include the Jacobs Foundation who has…

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Three start ups announced winners of Nestlé Sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge

AFRICA – Nestlé has announced the winners of the Sub-Saharan Africa innovation challenge that was launched in May 2019 as part of its efforts to contribute to the local innovation ecosystem. Selected from among a highly competitive group of 174 submissions from 27 different countries across Africa, Shopit from South Africa, Exportunity from Benin and Wakulima from Tanzania were emerged as winners. The goal of the challenge was to work collaboratively with start-ups and universities to identify sustainable and scalable science and technology solutions. The innovation challenge focused on four areas: affordable nutrition,…

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