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Maggi stocks worth Rs. 210 crores being withdrawn from markets: Nestle

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New Delhi: Nestle India on Monday said stocks of Maggi noodles worth Rs. 210 crore were being withdrawn from the market and destroyed, even as another Rs. 110 crore worth of finished and related material stocks remained at its factories and distribution centers.

“These are broad estimates, because it is impossible to calculate the final figure while the withdrawal is taking place,” the company said in a filing with stock exchanges.

“There will be additional costs to take into account, for example bringing back stock from the market, transporting the stock to destruction points, destruction costs, etc. The final figure will be confirmed at a later date,” it said.

“The above, and other unforeseen costs associated with this withdrawal, will be dealt with in line with the applicable accounting standards at the time of announcing the financial results on the due dates,” it stated.

The food safety regulator had ordered Nestle to withdraw Maggi noodles after some samples were reportedly found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead — a finding that was rejected by the company, saying its own independent tests suggested otherwise.

Nestle since moved to the Bombay High Court, challenging the order. The court has now issued notice to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the regulator, and other respondents and has posted the matter for hearing on June 30.

Among other matters, the Swiss multinational firm has urged the court to quash the June 5 order asking the company to withdraw and recall all its nine Maggi variants and the oats noodles from the Indian market.

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Nestle Pays Starbucks $7.1bn to Sell its Coffee

Nestle in $7.1bn Starbucks coffee deal

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Nestle Pays Starbucks $7.1bn to Sell its Coffee.
Nestle Paid Starbucks $7.1bn to Sell its Coffee. Pixabay

Food giant Nestle on Monday announced a $7.1 billion deal with Starbucks for the rights to sell the chains coffee, tea and food products in grocery stores and other outlets globally.

The Swiss consumer goods giant said 500 Starbucks employees would transfer over to its business but they would continue to be located in Seattle, the group’s headquarters for the last 47 years.

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Starbucks coffee. Pixabay

The Nescafe and Nespresso owner would own the rights to market Starbucks’ coffee, which it says generates $2 billion in annual sales, the BBC reported.

Nestle chief executive Mark Schneider, who in 2016 became the first outsider to run Nestle in almost 100 years and who is attempting to boost the company’s profit through expansion, described it as a “significant step”.

Also Read: Californian Court Warns “Coffee causes Cancer!”

The company last sold its US sweets and chocolate business, including brands such as Crunch and Butterfinger, to Ferrero Group for 2.7 billion Swiss francs.

Schneider described the “global coffee alliance” with Starbucks as “a great day for coffee lovers around the world”. (IANS)

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