Nestlé enters into strategic partnership with Belgian luxury chocolate maker Pierre Marcolini

Thursday, 13. December 2007 08:04

Vevey, 13 December 2007 - Nestlé today announced a strategic
partnership with Brussels-based luxury chocolate maker Pierre
Marcolini. The partnership will allow Nestlé to benefit from the
know-how and artistic talent of one of the world's leading luxury
chocolate makers, while Pierre Marcolini will gain access to Nestlé's
global experience. Pierre Marcolini will provide inspiration for
future Nestlé chocolate ranges, while Nestlé will help Pierre
Marcolini expand his network of boutiques across the world. Pierre
Marcolini will continue to lead his company as an independent and
autonomous operation, and Nestlé will join its board. The parties
have agreed not to reveal the financial details of the new
The move further underlines Nestlé's commitment to the premium and
luxury chocolate market. Nestlé is strong in the premium chocolate
segment with brands such as Perugina, Baci, Nestlé Noir and Cailler.
Nestlé is also the world's largest buyer of fine cocoa beans with
local operations in key countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela,
which account for over half of the world's production of fine beans.

Media: François-Xavier Perroud (Nestlé) Tel.: +41-21-924 2596
Anja Goemaere (Pierre Marcolini) Tel.: +32-2-247
99 81
Investors: Roddy Child-Villiers (Nestlé) Tel.: +41-21-924

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