Nestlé, Eta’am collaborate in drive to reduce food loss

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit Eta’am Saudi Food Bank in Riyadh

Held under the auspices of Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), CEO Prof. Hisham Al-Jadhey and the Acting Vice President for Food Sector Prof. Saleh Al Dosary, Nestlé Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit Eta’am Saudi Food Bank in Riyadh, to provide food and beverages as part of a campaign to “preserve grace” and reduce food loss in the Kingdom.

“We at Nestlé constantly strive to live up to our purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future,” said Samer Chedid, Country Manager at Nestlé Saudi Arabia, during a signing ceremony at the First SFDA Annual Conference. “This collaboration with Eta’am fits right into our Creating Shared Value principle of ensuring all we do benefits not only the company, but societies and the environment as well. It also helps us meet our published nutrition commitments to society to contribute to enabling healthier and happier lives in the Middle East and to reduce food loss and waste.”

“Eta’am understands the importance of collaborations with the private sector, and we know that meeting our objectives requires concerted efforts and dedication from many stakeholders,” said Salamah Bin Soaidan, Member of Board of the Directorate at Eta’am, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by businessmen from Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, with the goal of preserving grace and reducing food loss, in line with the Global FoodBanking Network and the Saudi Vision 2030.

Bin Soaidan added “we are especially proud to be joining forces with the world’s largest Food and Beverages Company on this initiative, and together we aim to enable healthier and happier lives, and educate on avoiding wasting food.” — SG