Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nestle Philippines Video: All Purpose Cream "Frozen Fruit Salad Logs"



3 cups cold fruit salad made with NESTLE Cream
one half cup cream cheese
20-30 pieces small barquillos


1.Process leftover fruit salad in a blender for 10 seconds. Add cream cheese and process for another 10 seconds.
2.Transfer into a piping bag, minus the tip. Slow pipe in filling into one barquillo until completely filled. Repeat with remaining barquillos and filling.
3.Wrap each barquillo with aluminum foil to resemble a candy wrapper. Tie both ends with colorful ribbons. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Nestlé Philippines "I Choose Wellness" - STAY HEALTHY

A giant multinational food conglomerate exhorts everyone to keep fit.

Back in 1990, recalls Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) Chairman and CEO John Martin Miller, he never saw any overweight person in Southeast Asia. At that time, the Englishman had just moved from the Middle East, where he worked for another company.

"Now, (obesity) is a growing problem," he laments, believing that it's been caused by the less healthy aspects of the Western diet that has crept into the eating habits of Asians. "This is why nutrition and wellness is very important to us (at Nestle). We want to help people to live a healthy lifestyle so people don't get obese and get diabetic.

The consumer-goods manufacturing giant has found an effective tool in accomplishing this goal in its annual campaign, I Choose Wellness Expo, which this year took place on July 3 and 4 at SM Megamall.

Celebrity Recipes plus Lifestyle attended the opening and experienced the overwhelmingly positive response of the public. For starters, long lines already formed outside the venue's entrance even before the event started at 10 a.m. And while inside, they eagerly checked out the booths that either rendered healthcare services like a free cholesterol check, hosted fun games or handed out samples of Nestle products. Never mind if they had to inch their way across the thick crowd to their next stop and stand in line each time they get there, achieving wellness was the rule of the day.

"So I think that's a big change that's taking place now," exclaims the NPI's head over lunch, after he cut the ceremonial ribbon and gave the opening remarks. "I think people have certainly become conscious of the need to lead healthy lifestyles."

In essence, it's just like going back to our gastronomic roots. Filipinos, Mr.Miller has observed, share the tradition of going to the wet market every morning to get the freshest produce with those from neighboring countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. It is also one activity that he enjoys doing with his wife, who's Malaysian of Cantonese lineage.

"Food is not only about nutrition; it's about the family, it's about the commonalities. People come together around the table. This is why food marketing is so basic," he states, adding that he's aware of the merienda culture in the country that has made easting five times a day the norm. "In England, we always talk about the weather. Here, people always say, 'Have you eaten yet?'"

It was small wonder then that the cooking demos were a huge hit at the expo. One of our columnists, Chef Tess Galang Sutilo, (she writes 'Hits') shared a couple of easy-to-prepare recipes like fresh fruits in cinnamon pandan sugar syrup and multi-layered dip.

Mr.Miller shares that Nestle products like Maggi Magic Sarap work in harmony with fresh produce that Filipinos are accustomed to find in the wet market. He also expresses amazement at how Milo, Nescafe and Nestea have become a big part of every Pinoy's day-to-day life since the global conglomerate entered the local market 99 years ago.

And Nestle makes its presence here even stronger by investing P4.3 billion over two years for a new factory to be built on a 27-hectare site in Tanauan, Batangas. It will not only serve its purpose of producing Coffee-mate non-dairy creamer and Bear Brand powdered milk drink but it will also create much-needed jobs. Now, that promises wellness for a lot of lives here.

Below is an exciting recipe from Chef Tess of the Julius Maggi Kichen.



1 cup water
2 pcs. pandan leaves tied in a knot
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup bottled cherries, drained, sliced into halves
1 pc. red apple, skin on & cube
1 pc. pear, skin pn & cube
1/2 cup green seedless grapes
1/2 cup red seedless grapes
1 (250mg) Nestle all purpose cream, chilled
cashew nuts, coarsely crushed
cinnamon powder


Make pandan syrup by boiling pandan leaves in water with sugar. Boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. In a bowl,combine all fruits and toss into the pandan syrup. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Line individual containers with crushed cashew nuts. Scoop fruit mixture on top of fruits. Top with a dollop of cream and dust with cinnamon powder before serving.

SOURCE: Celebrity Recipes plus Lifestyle (September-October Issue)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nestlé Philippines Video: Wellness Exercise Reverse Woodchops

The following exercises were chosen on the basis of the body parts they will improve. Seven body parts were identified and two exercises were chosen per body part. These exercises may be performed one after the other, in sequence, during one training session, allowing a minute or two of rest in between sets, and around 2 to 3 minutes rest in between exercises. OR, in several bouts of one to two exercises per bout in a day or on consecutive days until all exercises in the roster are done, making one cycle of exercises. After which a new cycle of the exercises can be started.

It may also be done in circuit fashion, doing one set of each of the exercises, one after the other, without resting. Rest is only allowed after all exercises are done one set each. A two to three minute rest is then taken before starting a new circuit. Two to three circuits or sets maybe done.

For optimal gains, do two to three sets, two to three times weekly, on non-consecutive days. One may also choose to do a particular exercise more often if one wishes to emphasize on a particular body part.

Consistently doing the exercises will provide improvements to one's exercise and functional capacity. The exercises will be easier to do and gains will plateau. In this case, one may increase the number of repetitions by two repetitions each time until 20 repetitions per set is reached. After that, resistance may be increased by adding medicine balls to the movements, or in case they are already being used, wielding heavier and bigger medicine balls.

Since the exercises are of a light index of difficulty, a warm up is optional. If so desired, it may consist of a two to three minute walk, 10 to 15 knee bends, and eight to ten repetitions of single leg toe touches for each leg.


Reverse woodchops

• Start by lowering medicine ball towards the side of the right knee by twisting
trunk and bending both knees.
• All the while, maintain erect trunk position.
• In a single motion, stand up to tiptoe position while tracing a diagonal upward path toward above the left shoulder with the medicine ball.
• Make sure trunk stretch is full
• Return to the starting position.
• Do it eight times. Do both sides for two to three sets each.
• Make sure the downward movement is controlled and done twice as slow as the upward movement
• Inhale during the downward and recovery movement. Exhale during the upward and active movement
• Guard your back at all times
• Do eight to ten repetitions

Watch out for more exercise videos to be uploaded in this blog site!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wellness Expo Boosts Nestlé Philippines NHW Campaign

Nestlé Philippines, Inc. once again affirmed its advocacy of nutrition, health, and wellness (NHW) for Filipinos as it successfully mounted the I Choose Wellness Expo on July 3-4, 2010 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 2 and 3.

Nearly 20,000 shoppers responded to the Company’s invitation to choose wellness, flocking to the expo venue where they enjoyed free admission to the nutrition, health, and wellness seminars, and to the many exciting wellness activities that simultaneously took place at different areas around the expo.

Some 5,510 consumers signed up for the I Choose Wellness passport program, which they can use to earn points as they work toward achieving their fitness goals and attend Nestlé activities, while a total of 7,123 consumers availed of the free Nutrition Counseling where they had their health indicators checked. In addition, 3,000 consumers signed up to become members of the Nestlé Club.

Now on its second year, the I Choose Wellness Expo is a major part of the Company’s continuing, longterm advocacy to promote nutrition, health and wellness to encourage consumers to take responsibility for lifestyle decisions that enhance good nutrition, health and wellness for themselves and their families. “Nestlé, through efforts such as the I Choose Wellness Expo, is championing nutrition, health and wellness for Filipinos as the only company with a range of products that serve the needs of people at all times of the day, through all stages of their lives, from childhood to adulthood,” said NPI Chairman and CEO John Miller in his opening remarks. “The heritage of Nestlé over the last 144 years has been built on providing consumers with products that are tasty, nutritious, and healthy. Nestlé brands are backed by the Company’s extensive research and development capabilities in health and food sciences as well as other related disciplines, which over the years have helped earn the confidence and trust of our consumers.”

Wellness in Different Parts of the House
This year’s I Choose Wellness Expo featured representations of different parts of a typical home where family members spend their time doing various activities and where Nestlé brands can serve as their nutrition, health and wellness partner. These rooms were: Living Room, Entertainment Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Girls’ Room, Boys’ Room, Ate’s Bedroom, Kids’ Playroom, Gym, Den, Lanai, Library, and Garage.

In the Living Room, NESCAFÉ kept consumers entertained with touch screen games and classic parlor games. In the Entertainment Room, NESTLÉ Fruit Selection Yogurt and KITKAT offered free photos and conducted contests that gave away exciting prizes to winners.

The Dining Room gave consumers the chance to experience SJORA products. NESTEA took up the Dining Room Extension, selling branded pitchers filled with free NESTEA drink. MAGGI and NESTLÉ All Purpose Cream reigned in the Kitchen, delighting consumers with cooking demos using Nestlé products.

The Girls’ Room was a sunny shade of NIDO yellow, where consumers were invited to Check the Label and test their skills in reviewing product labels. BEAR BRAND gave life to the Boys’ Room with games that incorporated learning. NESVITA Cereal Milk Drink took up Ate’s Bedroom with sampling and gave consumers the chance to get a free mug and a makeover through product purchases.

Families played to their hearts’ content in the Kids’ Playroom, with CHUCKIE and KOKO KRUNCH mascots joining them. In the Gym, MILO 3in1, NESVITA Pro-Bone, FITNESSE and LOW-FAT offered sampling and challenged consumers to Wii games and a biking game called Rolla Palooza.

NESTLÉ SORBETES saw countless consumers coming to the Den to try its interactive chroma screen dance activity, enticing them with samples of SORBETES along with BEAR BRAND Sterilized. COFFEEMATE was a hit at the Lanai with its photo booth, alongside BEAR BRAND Probiotic’s activities with free samples, NESCAFÉ RTD’s sampling and promos, NESVITA Pro-Heart’s free cholesterol check, and NUTREN’s nutrition counseling. NESTEA Fit and PURINA occupied the Garage area, where consumers had their photos taken with NESTEA Fit Hotties and signed up for free samples of ALPO and FRISKIES for their pets.

Consumers flocked to the Library to sign up for the Wellness Passbook program, a new feature of the Wellness Expo. Here they had their weight and height measured and their blood pressure checked.

These measurements were recorded in their Wellness Passbook to serve as their baseline data for pursuing their wellness goals.

Aside from touring the rooms and getting measured, consumers availed of the free Nutrition Counseling at the Counseling Area. A total of 20 nutritionists were on hand to give consumers expert advice on how to achieve their desired wellness goals through proper nutrition.

A selling area was also set up at the Expo where consumers bought Nestlé products. Total sales from the two-day affair, according to Corporate Wellness CMM Trixie Sia, amounted to almost PhP 250,000. According to Corporate Wellness Head Cora Sager, the I Choose Wellness Expo was designed as an enjoyable celebration for people from various walks of life, especially families, to enable them to explore the different ways in which they can pursue wellness in their lives. “We all have to realize that the quality of our wellness lies in our own hands. Only we can make the decisions and take the actions for ourselves that will determine the quality of our lives over the years,” said Cora.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (July 30, 2010)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nestle Philippines 'greening' its supply chain

NESTLÉ Philippines is making sure that its environmental advocacy will spread throughout the lifecycle of its products by enjoining all the companies involved in its operations, from production to marketing, to take the green route.

Under its Greening the Supply Chain (GSC) program, Nestlé Philippines is influencing its suppliers, vendors and other business partners to improve their level of environmental performance.

"This ensures the continuous improvement of environmental performance throughout the supply chain, from producing and purchasing of raw materials, to manufacturing, packaging, distribution and finally to the consumer." Engineer Renato Alvarado, Nestlé's Corporate Safety, Health and Environment Executive, said.

Alvarado explained that the GSC program requires measures to reduce water consumption and energy efficiency initiatives.

The company, for its part, has also made substantial investments for its wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal and solid waste segregation.

Nestlé has been in the Philippines for 99 years. It has four manufacturing plants in the country.

The Cagayan de Oro factory manufactures Nescafé and Bear Brand, the Cabuyao factory produces Nido, Nesvita, Nan, Nestogen, Bear Brand Choco, Nestlé All-Purpose Cream, Ready-to-Drink Milo, Bear Brand Sterilized, and Chuckie; the Lipa factory, produces Milo and Nestlé Breakfast Cereals; and the Pulilan factory manufactures Nestlé Ice Cream and Chilled products.

The company recently announced that it is investing another P4.3-billion over two years for a new factory to be built on a 27-hectare site in Tanauan, Batangas.

Construction of the new factory will start this month and is expected to be completed in March 2012. The facility will produce Coffee-Mate Non-Dairy Creamer and Bear Brand Powdered Milk Drink.

To ensure the program's effective implementation, Alvarado said they also provide free education on environmental management system and a forum for exchanging best practices for business partners.

The firm also makes available its customized assistance such as initial environmental reviews and follow-up visits, he added.

"Environmental protection is a responsibility." said Alvarado. "Nestlé promotes activities which help establish awareness on the importance of environmental protection, transforming this awareness to conviction and sustainable actions among its employees, business partners and other stakeholders not only in business but even on personal level."

Nestlé Philippines is expected to strongly influence the green advocacy among enterprises in the country since it is one of the top six corporations here.

by: Sherriebelle Alegre

SOURCE: Express Life (September 12, 2010)

Former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore Commends NQC Team

Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore commended the Non-Quality Cost (NQC) Project Team for its achievements in 2007, treating team members to a merienda on February 26. Total Non-Quality Cost was reduced by 27% in 2007 and 40% during the project team’s two-year existence.

An important contributor to this achievement was the Ice Cream and Chilled BU team, which was coached by Industrial Performance Head Philippe Chappet.

In preparation for 2008, the NQC team members visited the trade on January 27 to observe practices in the modern and traditional distribution of Nestlé products. They also went to the Port Area in February to observe operations of the port operator and customs broker.

The NQC team operates as a core group working through and with many collaborators in the organization to identify and reduce Non Quality Cost in the Commercial, Distribution and Technical areas. Led by Philippe Chappet, the core team draws membership from across the functions.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (April 15, 2008)

Friday, September 17, 2010

GMA Inaugurates NBS (with former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore)

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo formally inaugurated the Nestlé Business Services (NBS) AOA on February 29, 2008 in simple ceremonies held at the NBS offices in Meycauayan, Bulacan.

NPI Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore and NBS AOA Head Craig Connolly welcomed the President, who was joined by Trade & Industry Secretary Peter Favila, the Swiss Ambassador Peter Sutter, and members of the local government led by Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza, Congresswomen Reylina Nicolas and Lorna Silverio, Congressman Pedro Pancho, Meycauayan City Mayor Joan Alarilla, and members of the City Council of Meycauayan City. Key NPI executives joined DNK in welcoming the President, led by Finance & Control Director Peter Noszek, Corporate Affairs Head Bin Antonio, Incoming Corporate Affairs Head Edith de Leon, Head of Legal Belen Caberte, Director of Communications Noy Dy-Liacco, HR Director Gid Manuel, Outgoing SCM Head Robert Vallender, and HR Director for Zone AOA Nigel Isherwood.

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, President Arroyo toured the NBS facilities where Craig and NBS Employee Services Head Fritz Adorable briefed her on the professional services to be rendered by the NBS. A new corporate entity of the global Nestlé Group, the NBS will serve as the shared service center for financial and employee service needs of Nestlé companies in Zone AOA (Asia, Oceania and Africa). Countries to be served by NBS include the Philippines, Malaysia/Singapore, Indonesia, Indochina, Australia and New Zealand. The entity’s financial services will include account payables and receivables as well as accounting operations, while its employee services will cover payroll, HR administration, time management and benefits administration.

Nandu said that the establishment of NBS in the country, which was announced in August 2007, is a concrete expression of the Nestlé Group’s long-term confidence and commitment to support the continued economic growth of the country. He noted that a number of countries had been considered as possible sites for NBS, with the Philippines finally selected because of talent availability and cost efficiency. “This decision recognizes our world-class capabilities in financial and employee services, and will allow us, yet again, to showcase Filipino competence. We are happy that through the NBS, we are able to help spur economic growth in the country,” he said.

NBS is designed to deliver best-in-class office support at competitive service levels and costs to Nestlé companies in the region. The Nestlé Group has successfully implemented the shared service model in Europe and the Americas, resulting in maximized cost effectiveness, efficiency, and higher quality of financial and employee service transactions.

“NBS AOA centralizes the financial and employee service requirements of various Nestlé companies in Zone AOA at one location, in the Philippines. We expect this shared service setup not only to deliver cost efficiencies, but to also allow Nestlé companies to focus more on their core business, which is generating demand,” Craig shared during the briefing with the President.

NBS AOA is located at the same site in Meycauayan where Nestlé Philippines’ North Distribution Center operates as the Company’s largest and most modern distribution center in the country. “We chose Meycauayan as the NBS site because the area is underdeveloped from a BPO standpoint. This will allow us to recruit local talent, control turnover, and deliver on our commitments,” Craig explained.

He said that financial and employee services transactions are being taken over by NBS progressively, starting with Nestlé Philippines which completed the transition of its financial services by end of 2007, and its employee services this month. A total transition of all Nestlé companies in-scope in the Zone is expected by end of 2008.

NBS AOA now has a complement of 200 professionals with finance and HR expertise, with its manpower expected to grow close to 450 by end of 2008, almost all of whom will be Filipinos. “A major reason why we chose the Philippines as the site for the NBS AOA Shared Service

Centre is the availability of local talent, with an impressive number of graduates generated by the Philippine educational system. We view this as a key strength that will allow us to drive success for NBS AOA,” Craig said.

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (March 15, 2008)

Win as ONE NESTLÉ (Former Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore)

Welcome to our team of winners!” Chairman and CEO Nandu Nandkishore greeted the sharkforce, who, together with selected distributors and representatives of the BESTeams and Shared Service units, gathered for the first day plenary session of this year’s National Sales Kick-Off held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza from January 31 to February 1, 2008.

For the first time in the history of Nestlé Philippines and consistent with this year’s Kick-Off theme of Winning as One, the sharkforce of the Ice Cream and Chilled Dairy joined their colleagues from Grocery Retail, Nestlé Nutrition, and Nestlé Professional for the 2008 National Sales Kick-off, with one theme and under one roof. The Sales Kick-off for Ice Cream and Chilled had traditionally been held separately in the past.

This, according to Nandu, is a demonstration of the NPI team’s commitment to win as one in 2008. “It is time to think and act as one. We have to help each other win as one. We have to help each other fix each other’s problems. A winning team leaves no one behind. A winning team wins as ONE!”

Fresh from the wins of 2007, the NPI sharkforce should make winning a habit, added Nandu. “Every single day, we have to win the equivalent of 20 million votes from our consumers! So let’s ask ourselves, ‘In every store, every day, what can I do to win?’ Let us continue to approach things with the hunger of a challenger, and walk away as hungry winners.”

He cited the success stories of Infant Nutrition, Ice Cream, and Nestlé Professional. “Infant Nutrition lost fire five years ago and is now back, exceeding targets. Ice Cream has been in deep touble, and has come back. Nestlé Professional cut its sales and SKUs by half and came back after middle of last year with 10% growth.”

The difference between winners and losers is attitude, he stressed. “If you believe you will win, you will win! This winning attitude will push us for a win in every store, with consumers and with customers.”

Well Done, Sharkforce!
Grocery National Sales Director Shahab Bachani commended the Sharkforce for a job well done in 2007. “Undoubtedly, 2007 was a great year for us, allowing us to achieve our targets despite the difficult business environment. In 2007, we have shown that we are a team that reached beyond. This is another proof that success can only be achieved if every member of the NPI team work together.”

Shahab also paid tribute to his predecessor, former Grocery National Sales Director Eugenio Simioni, who left Nestlé Philippines in September last year to head the Nestlé Group Audit in Switzerland. “This success would not have been possible without the leadership of Eugenio. Eugenio, this is because of your effort!”

He challenged the sharkforce to Win again, as One in 2008. “We have won in 2007, “but this is history now. It is 2008, and it is time to raise the bar and be best in class. Let us do this through flawless execution, by continuing to build on the basics, by making our products available, visible, and accessible, and through bigger and better programs. Sharkforce, in 2008, we have to win as ONE NESTLÉ

SOURCE: Nestle Family Balita (February 15, 2008)