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Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  June 28, 2021

Nestle Debuts Sustainable Dairy Farming Initiative

Nestlé USA announced June 24 that it has sourced its first partner within its Dairy Scale for Good project to adopt low- and zero-emissions technology within the dairy industry.

The Trinkler Dairy Farm, a Carnation supplier, became the first U.S. dairy farm to pilot new sustainable farming practices. Through a $1.5 million investment from Nestlé,, Trinkler Dairy Farm will upgrade its infrastructure to reduce emissions (particularly methane), such as anaerobic digesters and nutrient recovery technologies. The farm will work with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and Nestlé to develop strategies to reduce emissions 30% by 2023 and be net-zero by 2026.

The project is being executed by Nestlé and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and is a part of Nestlé’s $10 million investment and partnership with the U.S. Dairy Net Zero Initiative. The initiative supports the development of markets for new products and services and helping farmers diversify revenue.

“Our consumers expect that we will deliver products made with high quality, fresh dairy, and they expect we will do that in a sustainable way that is better for the planet,” Steve Presley, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA, said in a statement. “As the first farm to join Dairy Scale for Good, our Carnation supplier is charting the path toward carbon neutral dairy in the U.S. This is an exciting step toward delivering on consumer demands while advancing our journey towards net zero emissions by 2050. We are using our scale to have a positive impact within our business and supply chain, while working to propel the industry forward and create a more sustainable future.”

The project is also executed to scale these technologies with the intention to support the U.S. dairy industry’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Dairy accounts for approximately 16% of Nestlé’s U.S. carbon footprint, and 3% comes from fresh milk sourced from just 13 dairy farms.

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