Global | Industry: Food & Beverages
Nestlé is one of the leading food producers in the world. The company has been in business for over 150 years and today, more than 2000 food products under their brand are available to customers in 186 countries. Continuous production on this level means Nestlé has to manage an enormous supply chain with sustainability, food safety, and high standards of quality being its top priorities. All of Nestlé’s contractors have to comply with a strict set of standards and instructions defined in Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard. In order to ensure the company’s sustainability agenda is met and help their contractors use sustainable agronomic practices, Nestlé is using AGRIVI 360 Supply Chain Management platform, creating complete traceability throughout the chain and ensuring a steady supply of top-quality produce.
For a company of Nestlé’s size and stature, effective supply chain management is of major importance. With 376 factories in 81 countries, Nestlé has to secure maximum food safety and ensure delivery of the right quality produce daily. As a responsible company, Nestlé is dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving its resources. This dedication puts an imperative on implementing sustainable practices and total transparency – visibility of where raw materials come from and how they are produced.
In an effort to make sure all of their suppliers use the very best agronomic practices and comply with the highest sustainability standards, the company implemented Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Standard, a list of non-negotiable instructions and standards for farmers relating to soil health, water usage, agrochemicals usage, fertilizers, and other agronomy operations. To be eligible to be a Nestlé contractor, farmers have to comply with a strict set of standards, use controlled agronomic measures and apply legally registered products for the sole need of controlling weeds, diseases, or invasive species and pests, without prophylactic use.
In order to achieve these goals and help its suppliers meet their high standards, Nestlé wanted to support farmers with a digital farming tool and use data analytics to learn which practices lead to the best quality and best yields, deciding on AGRIVI 360 Supply Chain Management platform.
Sebastian Bloch, Sustainable Agriculture Development at Nestlé
AGRIVI 360 Agriculture Supply Chain Management is a comprehensive platform enabling food companies to gain deep insights into every level of their supply chain. After implementing our software solution in their agriculture supply chain for baby food, Nestlé had complete and real-time transparency into the way produce used in their factories was grown. Using a singular platform, Nestlé was now able to gather data about agronomic practices by their suppliers, as well as to monitor the quality of output and sustainability KPIs related to land use, soil health, and other data, securing full production traceability of their resources and compliance with food safety standards.
Apart from providing Nestlé with invaluable data, AGRIVI’s software is a powerful tool supporting farmers in meeting sustainability standards. “Farmers need our support in adopting new standards. With AGRIVI farm management software, they get a single platform through which they can monitor crops in real-time, take timely actions and stay compliant with both regulators and with Nestle’s Responsible Sourcing Standards”, Sebastian Bloch, Sustainable Agriculture Development at Nestlé.
As Nestlé’s standards require farmers to strictly avoid preventive use of agrochemicals and focus on usage-based on monitoring or forecasting, AGRIVI software provided farmers with weather and microclimate monitoring data, pest risk detection, and risk alarms as well as satellite imagery enabling precise reaction and protection of specific areas. The platform also has built-in databases of legally registered crop production and fertilizer products, helping farmers stay compliant and providing useful insights into field nutrient management. Using the platform, farmers are able to keep unified field records with simple data entry about applied agronomic practices, making reporting for certifications, as well as reporting to Nestlé much easier.
By implementing AGRIVI 360 Supply Chain Management platform, Nestlé made their supply chain 100% transparent and provided their suppliers with the tools necessary to meet high sustainability and food safety standards of the companies Responsible Sourcing Standards. ”Nestlé and AGRIVI share the same values, producing nutritious and safe food by applying sustainable practices”, concluded Sebastian Bloch, Sustainable Agriculture Development at Nestlé.
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