Plant Power: Nestlé Launches Dairy Free Milo in Asia
As consumers in Asia are including more dairy alternatives in their diet, Nestlé is launching plant-based versions of some of its most-loved brands in the region.
That now includes a new plant-based version of Milo, the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that is enjoyed in many Asian countries.
It will be launched in Asia, starting first in Malaysia, a country with generations of Milo fans going back 70 years to its launch there in 1950. Nestlé Malaysia will also be introducing a range of plant-based Nescafé lattes. Both will appear on shelves this April.
Chocolate malt plant-based deliciousness
People are deeply passionate about their Milo, so the development teams worked hard to deliver the ionic Milo taste while using only plant-based ingredients.
This new version replaces the milk in the original recipe with almond and soy, but the other two core ingredients – malt and cocoa – remain the same.
Each bottle offers 6.5 grams of protein and is also low in sugar, with a combination of vitamins and minerals to support effective energy release.
It follows the launch of a plant-based Milo powder in Australia in 2020, a launch that created huge excitement in the country where Milo was first introduced in 1934.
Mayank Trivedi, Head of the Dairy Strategic Business Unit at Nestlé, said: “Milo is an iconic brand in Malaysia and across Asia, and much-loved across generations. We want to provide consumers with on-trend alternatives in formats they want. That’s why we’re delighted to launch Milo Dairy Free to support people’s lifestyle choices.”
A whole ‘latte’ flavor
Nestlé is a pioneer in innovate plant-based coffee mixes, and Nestlé Malaysia is now introducing a plant-based version of another iconic brand – Nescafé oat and almond lattes.
Plant-based coffee mixes are a popular and growing category. Nestlé has already launched them cross a number of countries in Europe, Latin America and Oceania, and most recently launched a range of plant-based Nescafé and Starbucks lattes in Japan.
The Nescafé Dairy Free Almond Latte combines almond and pea, while oat and soy are the main ingredients for the Nescafé Dairy Free Oat Latte. Both are blended perfectly with smooth Nescafé coffee and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Using its expertise in dairy products and plant-based proteins, Nestlé is focused on developing a wide variety of dairy alternatives that complement the everyday diet of people. This includes products made from pea, rice, oat, soy, coconut and almonds.
“We’re expanding our offerings across Asia by developing a variety of great-tasting, nutritious and sustainable plant-based products.” says Guglielmo Bonora, Head of Nestlé’s R&D Center in Singapore. “We want to make it easier for people to embrace plant-based alternatives in their diet, while also reducing our carbon footprint across the supply chain.”
Nestlé’s R&D center in Singapore serves as the regional innovation hub for the development of plant-based dairy alternatives in Asia. The center collaborates closely with Nestlé’s global R&D network of around 300 scientists, engineers, and product developers who are active in the research and development of plant-based products.
A rising trend
According to a recent survey by GlobalData, over 40% of consumers in the Asia region are shifting to more plant-based diets, with 11% opting for vegetarian and vegan food, and a third moving to a ‘flexitarian’ diet that is lighter on meat and dairy products.
The need for plant-based dairy alternatives that taste great and offer strong nutritionals is rising, as more families are following this trend. In particular, many consumers cite environmental reasons, as plant-based proteins are produced with significantly lower emissions, land- and water usage.
Kate Henshaw Becomes Brand Influencer for Technogym Nigeria
Award winning Nigerian actress and fitness enthusiast, Kate Henshaw recently became the brand influencer for Technogym Nigeria.
Kate broke the news to her more than 2.9M million Instagram followers on March 8, 2023.
As a brand influencer, Kate will help drive more knowledge about Technogym, the world leader in premium fitness and wellness equipment.
Kate will also help sensitize Nigerians on the need to live a healthier lifestyle.
Kate will join Ekemini Ekerette, AKA ‘Kemen’, who is the brand ambassador of Technogym Nigeria and the first international master trainer in Nigeria to drive Technogym’s message ‘Let’s Move for a better World’.
Announcing the partnership, Kate said ‘’Say hello to my new family BlackPelicanLimited and look forward to me continuing to advocate for good health & wellness using their equipment, which is top notch and of the highest quality. Fasten your seat belts because it’s going to be an invigorating ride’’.
Black Pelican Limited is the sole distributor of Technogym products and services in Nigeria.
Multichoice Partners Comcast NBC Universal, Sky, to Create Quality Streaming Service in Africa
South Africa-based pay TV multichoice has partnered with Comcast NBC Universal and Sky to create top-notch content and technology for streaming customers across multichoice markets.
These companies will form a new Showmax group, powered by Peacock’s leading globally scaled technology, which will see Multichoice own 70 percent and NBC own 30 percent. It will build on Showmax’s success to date and aim to create a leading streaming service in Africa.
The partnership will bring about a combination of MultiChoice’s eccentric local content with a unique pipeline of award-winning and critically acclaimed international content licensed from NBCUniversal and Sky, third-party content from HBO, Warner Brothers International, Sony, and others, as well as live English Premier League (EPL) football.
Speaking on Multichoice’s partnership with other streaming services, Chief Executive Officer of Multichoice Calvo Mawela said,
“We launched Showmax as the first African streaming service in 2015 and are extremely proud of its success to date. This agreement represents a great opportunity for our Showmax team to scale even greater heights by working with a leading global player in Comcast and its subsidiaries.
“The new business venture deepens an already strong relationship and builds on the Sky Glass technology partnership that we announced in September last year. We believe we are extremely well positioned to create a winning platform going forward.”
Also, the CEO of Sky, a British media and telecommunications conglomerate, believes that the company’s partnership with Multichoice and other streaming services will help to innovate Showmax streaming service, offering consumers diverse quality content.
Showmax streaming service offers consumers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, kids’ shows, movies, documentaries, Showmax Originals, sports, and more. Users can watch as much as they want, whenever they want without a single advert.
Investors King understands that the partnership of Multichoice, Sky, and Comcast NBC Universal, will deepen content on the platform, offering subscribers access to an extensive premium content portfolio, bringing African audiences the best of local and international programs.
Mercedes Benz Unveils 2024 E-Class Interior with Built-In TikTok and Zoom Apps
German luxury and commercial vehicle brand Mercedes Benz recently revealed the interior of its 2024 E-class, which boasts an array of exciting features such as built-in apps like TikTok, Zoom, Angry Birds, and more.
The latest version of the brand’s best-selling model comes equipped with software that allows for the installation of these apps without an in-car intermediary such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Instead, more apps can be installed directly into the vehicle through over-the-air software updates.
To facilitate third-party app integration into the infotainment system, Mercedes developed a new software architecture and introduced a new app store, accessible via the Mercedes me app.
The 2024 model will also feature an updated version of the MBUX infotainment system, which serves as a precursor to Mercedes’s custom-built operating system, the MB. OS, slated for launch in the automaker’s next-generation vehicles, expected to debut in late 2024.
A web browser will also be available for download. While some car models, including Tesla’s and some other Mercedes models, already have built-in web browsers, this one will be accessible to the front passenger and available as an optional feature with a dedicated touchscreen.
According to Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius, the choice of different apps was based on a survey conducted across various regions to determine which app was most commonly used. For example, the installation of TikTok was targeted for the Asian market.
Investors King understands that one of the major upgrades in the 2024 E-Class is the Super Screen, which combines the standard central touchscreen with a second display in front of the passenger. However, unlike the EQS’s Hyper screen, the digital gauge cluster remains a standalone display.
It is worth noting that the new E-Class will be one of Mercedes’ last gas-powered cars, as the brand is poised to transition to an all-electric vehicle lineup by 2030.
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