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We talked recently with Nestlé CMO
Alicia Enciso, about how she stays inspired and how this multi-brand
corporation keeps in touch with its consumers.
Alicia Enciso: Whenever the task seems daunting or the obstacles feel too
big to overcome, I think about the power of incremental changes. On a global
scale, Nestlé sells 2,000 brands and our products touch one billion people every
single day. Through our brand innovations, whether it’s making our packaging
or incorporating more plant-based
we have an opportunity to make an impact on a large scale.
AE: I have always passionately advocated for sustainable practices
throughout our supply chain, including when I was VP of Communications and
Marketing for Nestlé Mexico. During my time there, we reinforced our
commitment to Mexican farmers by helping them implement more sustainable
practices on their farms, such as installing biodigesters on farms to reduce
fertilization costs, water use, nutrient runoff and energy usage. We have some
exciting projects happening in the US, as well. Our Carnation Evaporated
Milk facility in Modesto, California implemented water-saving
reduced our water use by 59 percent between 2014 and 2017. And now we are
investing in innovative irrigation technology for use on dairy farms that will
result in even more water savings throughout the watershed.
AE: I think a great example of how Nestlé is innovating within our
organization is through Open Channel, our internal crowdsourcing platform.
Because our employees are also consumers, we recognize some of the most valuable
insights may come from inside our own walls. We’ve asked employees what products
they would like to see on shelves that may not exist yet. In the first round,
our employees submitted over 500 ideas and then voted on the final 20, which we
narrowed down to six finalists who pitched their concepts to Nestlé leaders
including myself. It was amazing to hear these inspiring product ideas come from
people who are not marketers in their day jobs — they are just really passionate
about food. We funded the development of several of these ideas, and one of them
will be appearing on shelves soon. Our second round of submissions just closed,
and I’m so excited to see which ideas rise to the top.
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AE: Today’s communication environment is crowded, and our attention spans
are getting shorter. It can be challenging to break through, especially with
sustainability topics that can be complex. I’m encouraged by the amount of media
coverage and social engagement we’ve seen about our participation in
TerraCycle’s new home delivery service of foods and household goods in
reusable packaging. Our Häagen-Dazs brand is the official ice cream partner.
I think this collaboration has just the right ingredients to inspire people — an
innovative new model for reusability to test and learn from, and a premium,
indulgent product delivered in a custom, beautifully designed reusable steel
AE: Now more than ever, consumers are looking for brands that they can
trust. They want to feel good when they buy our products. We even know that they
are willing to pay more for brands that have a social or environmental purpose
attached to them. At Nestlé, we are consumer obsessed. So, we are naturally
always listening and engaging with consumers on how our products can play a role
in fostering the social and environmental causes that they care about.
AE: Our most fundamental commitment is to enhance individuals’ and families’
lives every day. We deliver on this promise through our brands, and the first
step in brand building is knowing our consumer deeply. Each brand must
understand exactly who its consumer is, what they do, and why they do it. And
beyond just understanding their motivations, our brand teams are intent on
bringing their target consumers along as brand partners, by soliciting and
incorporating their feedback into innovation, renovation and communication
AE: Food brings simple pleasures to everyday life, and we know that taste
drives choice. As part of the world’s largest food and beverage company, our US
portfolio offers a broad spectrum from nutritional health products to indulgent
treats. We remain passionate about nutrition as we transform our portfolio to
meet the needs of our consumers as they continue to redefine their vision of
health and wellness.
Published May 30, 2019 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST
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