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High praise for Nestlé safety from Government Food Minister

virtual visit to nestle dalston

Nestlé UK and Ireland has received praise from a government minister after a virtual visit to one of its UK factories.

Victoria Prentis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs visited Nestlé’s Dalston Nescafé factory on Tuesday 26th January.

The Minister and Member of Parliament for Banbury was shown, via a video tour, the adaptations which have been made at the factory in Cumbria to ensure manufacturing of Nescafe, home of frothy coffee mixes, have continued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Factory Manager Anthony Swarbrook and his team talked through the hugely challenging circumstances to maintain coffee supply while keeping the workforce safe.

He said: “I was very proud to be able to talk to Minister Prentis about the measures we have put in place at Dalston. She was very interested to hear how we have adapted and changed the way we work throughout the pandemic, and how we continue to not only supply our coffee but keep our colleagues safe.”

Ms Prentis also heard more about Nestlé UK Milk Plan, its milk sourcing programme. Since 2010 Nestlé has been working with First Milk, a British farmer owned dairy co-operative, building a relationship focused on developing long-term sustainable supply chains that support farmers, the local community and the environment.

Minister Prentis said: “It was great to visit Nestlé Dalston to see virtually first-hand how the team have continued production while putting staff safety at the forefront of their operations.

“The Government is enormously grateful to all of those who have continued to feed the nation throughout this pandemic, recognising that these hidden heroes up and down the country have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure workplaces are Covid secure and safe.”