Nestle invests in China baby-food production
Nestlé has set up production for pouched baby-food products in China as part of a round of investment at a site in the east of the country.
At the factory in Laixi in Shandong province, the world’s largest food maker has started the production of organic puree products sold in China under its international baby-food brand Gerber.
“China’s baby food market is in the stage of development and rapid growth, with an estimated value of nearly CNY10bn (US$1.56bn), but the market scale is still less than one-tenth of [that of] infant formula,” a spokesperson for Nestlé’s business in China said. Even in big cities, the utilisation rate of baby food is less than 50%, which has great potential.”
Nestlé is spending CNY200m on capital expenditure at the Laixi complex across 2020 and 2021. The site, where Nestlé started manufacturing in 1996, making dairy products, has a new innovation facility up and running to develop liquid dairy and ready-to-drink coffee lines for sale in Greater China.
Last month, Nestlé announced plans to up its spending on pet-food production in China.
In September, the Swiss giant set out a range of investment projects in China, from spending on organic grain and boosting dairy farming to launching “adult functional food” products and investing in the manufacturing of Gerber infant cereals.
The wider Greater China region is Nestlé’s second-largest market by annual sales. According to Nestlé’s annual report, the group generated sales of just under CHF6bn (US$6.67bn) in Greater China in 2020, down 13.4% year-on-year, or by 8.5% when measured in local currency. On an organic basis, sales in China were down at a “high-single-digit” rate.
Nestlé pointed to the timing of Chinese New Year, “declines” in out-of-home “channels” and “limited consumer stockpiling during lockdowns”. However, the company added: “Infant cereals saw double-digit growth.”
Savvy mum shows off epic £50 baby food haul she bagged for £5- but gets savaged for giving child ‘unnatural’ ingredients
YOU might think you’ve got enough baby food stashed away in your kitchen cupboards – but trust us, you can always use more.
So when this savvy mum saw Ella’s Kitchen, Cow & Gate and Heinz By Nature reduced to clear in her local ASDA, she rushed to stock up.
The mum showed off her epic baby food haul which only cost a fiver in ASDA
Posting on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, the thrilled mum shared a photo of her whopping haul – which would have originally set her back over £50.
Alerting other shoppers to the savings, she wrote: “Asda selling lots of baby food cheap- I asked and she said it was all stores!
“Got all this for around £5 and dated for 2022 & 2023!”
Along with 16 Ella’s Kitchen pouches (which usually cost £1.05 each), the mum also stocked up on 75p Cow & Gate jars.
For all the people saying ‘I wouldn’t feed this crap to my baby blah blah’, stop mum judging. A fed baby is a happy baby.
Finishing off her haul, the new mum picked up seven discounted boxes of Heinz By Nature’s £1.50 banana custard and two £2.95 tubs of porridge oats.
Unsurprisingly, the post racked up thousands of “likes” and comments from parents desperate to get in on the savings – but some critics took issue with what she chose to feed her baby.
“When I see these baby food I just think of all the unnatural ingredients in them,” one said. “I did give them to my daughter once and read the ingredient list. Wow it was longer than my arm. Never again. Fresh fruit and veg all the way for me.”
“That is a really good bargain, but to be honest I wouldn’t buy this kind of food for my baby,” another added. “They have so many concentrates in them and are not healthy, they expire in 2023, who knows what is really made of… “
Jumping to the mum’s defence, a third wrote: “For all the people saying ‘I wouldn’t feed this crap to my baby blah blah’, stop mum judging. A fed baby is a happy baby.”
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