Nestle has announced a new partnership with First Milk to supply fresh milk for its Kit Kat and Nescafe brands.
The British farmer owned dairy company has been working with Nestle since 2010 when a dedicated group was formed around Nestle's site in Girvan in Ayrshire. Both organisations are now expanding their services to create a farmer supply group around Nestle's Dalston site in Cumbria which aims to provide numerous benefits for each company.
Once established the Nestle First Milk Sustainability Partnership will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop on-farm biodiversity work and improve the proportion of milk which is sourced from forage. This will significantly alter the production of Kit Kat confectionery which will now contain milk from a 50-mile radius from the Cumbrian site
It is then made into a chocolate crumb before being transported to York where cocoa and cocoa butter is added to make the milk chocolate for numerous Nestle products. Improving operations at Dalston will see Nestle cut emissions by 5.7 per cent compared to the current levels being omitted at the Ayrshire facility.
Fraser Brown, sales director at First Milk said: "The partnership with Nestle benefits our farmers, the local communities around Girvan, Dalston and the wider environment. Nestle's commitment to a relationship built on the foundations of a short sustainable supply chain is a vision which First Milk and its British farmer owners fully share."
Brett Whitfield, head of procurement of Nestle UK and Ireland, described the new milk supply chain as a "win-win" situation for both Nestle and First Milk. He commended the decision to improve sustainability, adding that being more efficient will help to reduce impact on the environment.
Nestle has been making improvements to become more sustainable and recently announced that it has reduced its waste in the US by 44 per cent since 2010. In a company report, it stated that five factory locations have now reached zero waste to landfill status.