Vevey, Switzerland-based Nestlé, with U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va., said its Häagen-Dazs brand is offering a new service in partnership with global recycling organization TerraCycle. The service will provide a first-of-its-kind home delivery service to consumers called Loop. Loop will enable consumers to responsibly enjoy Häagen-Dazs and other household favorite foods and personal care products in customized, durable packaging that is collected, cleaned, refilled and re-used — all from the consumer’s front door step.
Announced at the World Economic Forum, Loop was created to provide a solution to one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues: waste. Häagen-Dazs, alongside brands from other major consumer packaged goods industry partners, examined its supply chain to identify ways to innovate in packaging, production and distribution, Nestlé said. At the same time, the new service should maintain affordability and improve convenience and the consumer experience.
“Loop provides a much-needed innovation platform, challenging companies to take a fresh look at our value chains and integrate reusable product packaging as part of our efforts to waste-reduction,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for Zone Americas. “Nestlé is proud to be a founding investor and partner of Loop. It’s a critical part of our commitment to work with consumers to protect our planet for future generations.”
With the launch of Loop, Häagen-Dazs is debuting a reusable stainless-steel double-walled ice cream container, designed by Nestlé’s global research and development group in Bakersfield, Calif., that elevates the consumer experience and keeps the ice cream at optimal condition, Nestlé said. The design and transportation will keep the ice cream fresh and cold from the moment the canisters are filled until they are delivered to consumers’ homes. The canister also ensures that when it is opened, the ice cream melts more quickly at the top than at the bottom of the container. This allows people to enjoy it perfectly without the ice cream melting.
Consumers shopping for Häagen-Dazs on Loop can select from nondairy options (Chocolate Salted Fudge, Coconut Caramel and Mocha Chocolate Cookie) or from traditional favorites (Vanilla and Strawberry) during the New York City pilot of the program, scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019.
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 189 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2,000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favorites like Stouffers and Purina. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. The United States is Nestlé S.A.’s largest market with combined product sales in the United States totaling more than $27 billion in 2017