Nestlé Health Science, a leader in the nutrition science industry, has announced a collaboration with Royal Dairy, a Washington-based farm, to combat greenhouse gas emissions through innovative climate-smart farming practices. This joint venture aims to demonstrate how dairy milk can be a sustainable source of nutrition by focusing on four core areas: cow feed, manure management, renewable energy, and regenerative agriculture.
Royal Dairy has joined Nestlé Health Science’s family of dairy suppliers for the popular Carnation Breakfast Essentials® nutritional powder drink mix, available nationally.
“Dairy farmers are experts who know their land and what will work best on their farms, but high costs and technological barriers mean many farmers need support transitioning to practices that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Christiane Baker, Director of Sustainability U.S., Nestlé Health Science. She added that this initiative with Royal Dairy could “support a more sustainable food system for all.”
Royal Dairy, purchased by Austin Allred and his family in 2016, has made strides toward sustainable farming. The Allreds aim to incorporate eco-friendly practices that benefit their land and livestock. Raised and trained as a fruit and vegetable farmer, Allred appreciates the significance of nutrition and soil health in food production. With its 10,000 cows, Royal Dairy produces more than one million gallons of milk monthly.
Founder Austin Allred expressed excitement over the partnership with Nestlé Health Science and its brand, Carnation Breakfast Essentials. “My family and I are thrilled… to advance our sustainability practices further and bring climate-smart dairy to consumers throughout the country,” he said.
The collaboration between Nestlé Health Science and Royal Dairy is part of the Dairy Scale for Good pilot. This program is designed to showcase sustainable, feasible, and economically viable practices and technologies on a commercial dairy farm, making sustainability practices more accessible and affordable to farms of all sizes.
The pilot is a cornerstone of the U.S. Dairy Net Zero Initiative, advancing research, on-farm pilots, and new market development. The goal is accelerating progress toward the dairy industry’s environmental targets in 2050.
Karen Scanlon, EVP of Environmental Stewardship, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, said the industry collaboration behind the Net Zero Initiative is “focused on finding and scaling solutions that work.” She added that through this extraordinary partnership, “we will broadly share lessons on how to support continuous progress while offering a nutritious and sustainable dairy choice for families.”
Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, when prepared with a cup of skim milk, provides 13 grams of protein and includes critical nutrients for immune and bone health. Mohini Joshi, Vice President of Nestlé Health Science U.S., commented, “That’s why we’re working directly with dairy farms, like Royal Dairy, in our supply chain to help accelerate farmers’ ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Nestlé Health Science is working towards a more sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sourcing nutritionally valuable ingredients with minimal environmental impact, reducing virgin plastic use, and striving for fully recyclable packaging. In 2022, Carnation Breakfast Essentials® earned B Corp Certification, demonstrating its commitment to high social and environmental performance standards, transparency, and accountability.
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