Nestlé US advances sustainable supply chain initiative with regenerative agriculture practices in its Digiorno wheat supply chain
Nestlé US announced that it is investing in a sustainable supply chain initiative. This will help bring regenerative agriculture practices to wheat farms within its Digiorno pizza brand supply chain. The company is helping wheat farmers employ regenerative agriculture practices through a combination of financial support and technical resources and assistance.
These practices include planting cover crops, eliminating or reducing tillage, and reducing the use of pesticides. Further, all can help improve soil health and soil fertility, protect water resources and enhance biodiversity.
This initiative will bring regenerative agriculture practices to over 40,000 hectares of farmland. This is the size of more than 53,000 football fields. Moreover, nearly double the amount of land needed to grow the wheat used in its Digiorno pizzas.
Through partnerships with ADM and Ardent Mills – two primary wheat flour suppliers for Digiorno – Nestlé’s investment will benefit wheat farms across Kansas, North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri. The work will help the company accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture in its supply chains.
“At Nestlé, our aim is to help leave the world better than we found it. Indeed, as the world’s largest food and beverage company, we have a tremendous opportunity. As such, we want to help create a regenerative, healthy food system while also working with the local farming communities that employ it,” said Steve Presley, CEO, Nestlé Zone North America.
“To do this we need to find solutions that create shared value throughout the ecosystem. That means value for us, value for farmers, value for consumers, and value for the planet. This investment is just one example of how we are bringing this commitment to life across our supply chain.”