Nestlé distributes 3m food & beverage servings in Saudi Arabia

The contributions included dairy, culinary, coffee, and confectionary products.
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Updated 02 August 2020

Nestlé distributes 3m food & beverage servings in Saudi Arabia

Nestlé has contributed over 3 million food and beverage servings to relief efforts run by different entities in Saudi Arabia, including local authorities, food banks and hospitals, impacting 23,000 families and 14,000 health care professionals. The contributions included dairy, cereals, culinary, coffee, and confectionary products. The company also offered 11 tons of pet food to animal shelters in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia welcomed Nestlé as the first corporation to establish direct sales and distribution operations in the Kingdom in 2011, following more than 55 years of successful presence in the country where the company has invested over $140 million over the past five years. Nestlé currently has 12 offices and operates seven water factories across the Kingdom and employs nearly 5,600 people.
“Though the pandemic posed many challenges on everyone around the world, we were able to overcome hurdles encountered in the supply of our food and beverage products, thanks to the tireless dedication of our teams in Saudi Arabia and the support of authorities in the Kingdom,” said Hossam Abdulrahim, Nestlé’s general business manager in Saudi Arabia.
“Our priorities continue to focus on three main objectives: One, safeguarding the safety and well-being of our employees, our collaborators, business partners and the communities we are a part of; two, ensuring continued production and delivery of food and beverage products to help meet the nutritional needs of individuals and families; and three, stepping up relief efforts to local communities and health care professionals.”
The local efforts are part of Nestlé mobilizations in the Middle East and North Africa supporting more than 30 entities in 17 countries.
In addition, the company’s various divisions are contributing in their different expertise. Nestlé Professional, for example, continues to offer pragmatic support to its business partners in the hospitality industry, as they reopen to welcome customers. This is being done through its “Always Open for You” initiative, which is benefiting foodservice outlets in Saudi Arabia with offerings including payment term extensions, coffee machine rental fees suspensions, and provision of free products, training, marketing and other services.

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

Updated 12 August 2020

Positive social impact of COVID-19 in KSA: Survey

A survey commissioned by Al-Aghar Group, an independent Saudi think tank, in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, has revealed that most thought leaders and decision-makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already underway in the Kingdom. The survey focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.

Respondents believed that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the “future of work” in the Kingdom and more than 65 percent see this as fundamentally positive. About 69 percent see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaptation to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37 percent seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.

Most survey respondents (70 percent) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning.

Seventy-eight percent of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the health care in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.

Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. Seventy-five percent of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89 percent see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.

By 2025, 78 percent of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83 percent) step change in government preparedness for future crises. Meanwhile, 68 percent of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 65 percent anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute toward government efforts.

Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud, chairman, Al-Aghar Group, said: “Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress.”

Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said: “The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom’s national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive.”