Dairy sector contributing one trillion to country’s GDP:Dr Nasir

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Sargodha (Cliff News)A two-day international Food & Nutrition Research Conference and Expo was organized by the University of Sargodha and concluded with far-reaching recommendations for growth of Dairy & Food Sectors in Pakistan. Engro Foods served as a partner for this conference with Dr. Muhammad Nasir representing the company as a key note speaker.Dr. Muhammad Nasir spoke about Engro’s contribution to Pakistan’s dairy sector and development of dairy products. He presented a model-framework discussing detailed plans to develop the local dairy sector. These plans have a potential of contributing than one trillion PKR to the country’s GDP.According to Dr. Muhammad Nasir, “Pakistan ranks 4th amongst milk producing countries. However, even at present, it is amongst the lowest-in-the-world considering milk yield per cattle with merely 5% of production is going to the formal dairy value chain. Pakistan has tremendous potential to increase its milk production, per-capita consumption, and huge surplus generation for exports but is linked to an enabling environment and establishment of a formal dairy value chain as per best global practices. Owing to Pakistan’s rich potential in the dairy sector, foreign investors have shown aninterest to invest in establishing an ultra-modern dairy industry. Increased foreign investment in the sector is anticipated in the near future. However, this is mainly correlated with the conducive environment and ease of doing business in the sector.”This conference was attended by key scientists, industry professionals andrenowned professors from USA, UK, Malaysia, Egypt, Iran and others. Engro Foods’ participation at conferences such as these adds to its list of contribution to the dairy sector, helping progress towards the nation’s promising future.

About Engro Foods Limited

Engro Foods Limited (EFL), is the 2nd largest dairy company of Pakistan, it is embedded with the core vision of “Better Nutrition for Pakistan, A good living for our Farmers, Now & for generations to come”. EFL is a subsidiary of Dutch based dairy cooperative, Royal Friesland Campina, the 6th largest dairy company in the world, owned by 19,000 farmers and operating in 32 countries globally. Royal Friesland Campina owns controlling shares of Engro Foods Limited, a public listed company incorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, with shares quoted on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The principal activity of the Company is to manufacture, process and sell dairy products and frozen desserts. Engro Foods also owns and operates a world class dairy farm with 6,500 cows near Sahiwal called “Nara Farm”. EFL’s product portfolio comprises some of the country’s biggest and best-selling brands including Omore, Olper’s, Olper’s Lite, Olper’s Cream, Dairy Omung, OmungDobala, and Tarang.

Engro Foods Ltd inks MOU with International Finance Corporation

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Karachi(Cliff News)Engro Foods Limited, core purpose is to provide better nutrition to Pakistan, a good living to farmers, now and for generations to come. In lieu of the same spirit, EFLjoined hands with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the prestigious World Bank (WB). The two corporate giants signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Dairy Market Development project in Pakistan earlier this month at the Engro Foods Limited Head Office in Karachi. The MoU was signed by Ali Ahmed Khan Managing Director, EFL and by Tania Lozansky, Senior Manager Advisory Manufacturing Agri business & Services,IFC.The focal purpose of the memorandum was to initiate joint efforts to unlock the potential and strengthen the development of Pakistan’s dairy industry. Both the organization will work together to promote sustainable living for farmers and reduce poverty by enabling dairy farmer empowerment. This will eventually result in developing awareness about best dairy farming practices and increase the quality of dairy output. The MoU promises to facilitate the farmer and other stakeholder access to knowledge, technology and financing and to empower women along dairy value chains.Speaking at the occasion Ali Ahmed Khan, Managing Director Engro Foods Limited said, “Engro Foods purpose to provide better nutrition to Pakistan and a good living to our farmers remains the core of every initiative we undertake. We work with 250,000+ dairy farmers and have disseminated over 1 million trainings on best dairy farming practices. Our farmers have received Rs. 51 billion as direct incomes from Engro Foods since 2005. We have in the past and we will continue to play our role in creating a complete eco system to facilitate sustainable living for farmers through our dairy development programs. The signing of this agreement with IFC shows our commitment to strengthen the dairy sector of Pakistan.”On behalf of IFC, Tania Lozansky, Senior Manager for Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services, said “Dairy is a priority sector for IFC’s investment and advisory services globally as it has a significant positive impact on nutrition. Pakistan’s dairy sector relies on more than 8.2 mlnfarmers for milk production. Together with partners such as Engro Foods, we see a great opportunity to help the dairy farmers improve their livelihoods by increasing their knowledge and productivity,” said Tania Lozansky, Senior Manager of Advisory for Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services.On behalf of Engro Foods the signing ceremony was attended by Imran Hussain, CFO and Director Finance, Nageen Rizvi, Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability, Farhan Patel, Manager Supply Chain Finance and Oksana Varodi, ECA & EMENA Regional Lead MAS, Zunee Muhtashim, Principal Investment Officer Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services Asia Pacific Region, Hina Karamat, Investment Officer & Raffaele Boldracchi, Lead Donors & Partner Relations Middle East & North Africa at IFC MAS Advisory services, Muddassir Shafique, Program Manager of IFC MAS Advisory services, Pakistan.

About Engro Foods Limited

Engro Foods Limited (EFL), is the 2nd largest dairy company of Pakistan. It is a subsidiary of a Dutch Dairy cooperative, Royal Friesland Campina, the 6th largest dairy company in the world, owned by 19,000 farmers and operating in 32 countries globally. Royal Friesland Campina owns controlling shares of Engro Foods Limited, a public listed company incorporated under the Companies Ordinance, 1984, with shares quoted on the Pakistan Stock Exchange. The principal activity of the Company is to manufacture, process and sell dairy products and frozen desserts. Engro Foods also owns and operates a world class dairy farm with 6,500 cows near Sukkur called “Nara Farm”. EFL’s product portfolio comprises some of the country’s biggest and best-selling brands including Omore, Olper’s, Olper’s ProCal+, Olper’s Cream, Dairy Omung, OmungDobala, and Tarang.

About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

 

Nestle Pakistan wins 1st Prize for United Nations Global Compact Award 2017

Karachi (Cliff News)For second time in a row, Nestlé Pakistan was awarded with First Prize for “Living the UN Global Compact Business Sustainability Award 2017″, in a multi-national category.In 2016, Nestlé Pakistan was awarded with the first prize as well in the category “Living the Global Compact Business Excellence 2014-15.”Winning this prestigious award twice in a row signifies Nestlé Pakistan’scontinuous commitment towards its purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future in complete alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.NestléPakistan’s vision lies at the core of promotion of United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles in terms of engaging with community outreachacrossits value chain throughinitiatives such asNestlé Healthy Kidsto educate children about healthy lifestyle. By partnering with various schools theyhave reached more than 140,000 children so far.Furthermore, Nestlé Pakistan has also reached out tothe rural Pakistan by partnering with Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). The initiative, focuses on needs of BISP beneficiaries,by providing them with livelihood opportunities along withholding seminars to educate them on basic nutrition knowledge.Nestlé also partnered withWWF-Pakistanto implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standardsforimproved water efficiency. So far, two of its factories have been awarded with AWS certification which is also the first in Pakistan.On being awarded by such prestigious network, Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan said “We are honored to be recognized by UNGC for the second time, this motivates us further to continue our mission in line with UNGC principles”.FasihulKarim Siddiqi, Executive Director Global Compact Network Pakistan also congratulated Nestlé and said “We recognize Nestlé’s commitment which iscompletely aligned with UNGC principlesof sustainable business practices in Pakistan, I think such practices should be promoted at greater levels for other businesses to follow.”The event was organized by Employers’ Federation of Pakistan which launched the formation of Global CompactNetwork Pakistan in 2005 to embrace the ten principles of UNGC. The network is currently fortified with around 90 organizations in Pakistan.

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands include local favorites like NESTLÉ MILKPAK, NESTLÉ PURELIFE and NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

 

Nestle Purina gets launched in Pakistan

Islamabad(Cliff News)In collaboration with Labrador Retriever Club of Pakistan, Nestlé launched one of its worlds renowned pet food brand by the name of Nestlé Purina. This is the first time ever that an internationally renowned premium pet food brand will be launched in Pakistan. Nestlé Purina is the global leader in pet food for over 80 years, and has provided value to consumers by providing high-quality,nutritious pet products that can help enrich their pets’ lives.To mark the launch of the brand, a Dog Show was held at the Rafi Cricket Stadium which was judged by the renowned dog breeder Tabatha Buckley Bettis, who traveled to Pakistan all the way from United States of America, particularly to be part of the guests’ panel. Tabatha has judged in many countries including Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and Indonesia.On bringing Nestlé Purina to pet lovers in Pakistan, Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestle Pakistan commented:“We are extremely delighted to bring Nestlé Purina to Pakistan. This brand is the premium choice of pet food for consumers across the globe. The brand Purina embodies our commitment of providing hi-quality nutritious food for cats and dogs.”All over the world Purina is a long-time sponsor of the celebration of dogs of all breed and backgrounds. This trend making its entry in Pakistan is a good news for all pet lovers in the country, giving everyone the chance to see dogs at their very best.

About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands include local favorites like NESTLÉ MILKPAK, NESTLÉ PURELIFE and NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.

 

Nestle hosted the launch of Book “A Story of Milk in Pakistan”

Karachi (Cliff News)Nestlé Pakistan hosted the launch of a book, narrating the story of milk in the country, Drop of the Divine: A Story of Milk in Pakistan. Developed by Markings Publishing, it is a beautifully photographed book that shines the spotlight on the history and journey of the packaged milk sector in the country.Pakistan is the fourth largest milk producing country in the world, with dairy and livestock’s contribution to the national GDP at a staggering 11%. It’s little wonder then that the constantly evolving and prolific dairy sector which has been through monumental changes since the birth of the nation.As mentioned in the dairy book, since independence most of the Pakistan population lived in rural areas. Households tended cattle and produced raw milk for their own consumption. Over the years, as, Pakistan experienced a great surge of urbanization, farmers became more enterprising distributing milk in densely populated areas with the help of mobile milk collectors (dodhis). During the early 80s, the Government of Pakistan introduced favorable policies to fuel growth of the dairy and packaged milk industry. Following this, in 1988, Nestlé partnered with MILKPAK Limited to revolutionize the dairy industry in liquid and powder milk as we know it today.Nestlé Pakistan currently stands as the leading food and beverage Company with an extensive dairy product portfolio of liquid and powder milk that has continued to enhance the lives of Pakistanis for over 30 years. Commenting on the significance of the packaged dairy industry, Bruno Olierhoek, CEO Nestlé Pakistan said, “Apart from tracing the dairy trail and the packaged milk industry in Pakistan, the coffee table book also features insight from those associated with the country’s dairy sector over the years. We hope this book goes a long-way in adding to readers’ knowledge of the evolution of packaged milk, both liquid and powder in Pakistan”.Kiran Aman, CEO of Markings, said, “Working on a book about milk for Nestlé was totally characteristic of Markings Publishing, solely because I know it has never been done before in Pakistan. It showcases the growth of packaged milk in dairy sector, the potential we have, and the room for so much more to happen in future.”We often take for granted where packaged milk comes from and how it reaches us; therefore, Drops of the Divine: A Story of Milk in Pakistan takes us behind the scenes and uncovers the entire journey from the cow to the consumer.