Workplace practices at Nectar

Equality in the workplace is essential whether you have two or hundreds of employees. Everyone deserves to work in an environment free from victimisation, harassment, discrimination, and bullying. This is why at Nectar we have made it our purpose to keep current with all the relevant policies and practices to ensure an unbiased environment. In recognition of our commitment, in particular to gender equality and family friendly measures at the place of work and in the access to and the provision of goods and services, the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) has fully certified and awarded our organisation the mark of equality.

Embracing good equality practices benefits not only the individual but the company as a whole. It is a given that teams functioning within an unbiased environment are more likely to have positive working relationships, healthier synergies, are more productive and less likely to seek change. Perhaps, a less obvious advantage which is as beneficial lies in the fact that a heterogeneous staff often equates to a more expansive network. A diverse organisation appeals to a wider audience. Today we not only facilitate equality but also hire people from all walks of life to improve diversity.

Ultimately, a workplace that embraces equality produces a constructive outcome. Nectar remains committed to retain and improve on the guiding principles which made this certification possible.

Nectar expands its business with Italian premium chocolate portfolio

Following the recent expansion of its portfolio of confectionery brands with the takeover of Goodies Ltd, Nectar is now importing and distributing, among others, the renowned Italian chocolate brand, ICAM, a premium confectioner with over 70 years’ experience. Its range consists of professional chocolate for caterers, the cioco pasticceria retail range, and the Vanini retail chocolate bars.

Bearing the ‘Made in Italy’ quality pledge, ICAM’s Linea Professionale offers professional pastry chefs, ice-cream makers and catering concerns a complete range of chocolate that delivers high performance and intense taste in confectionery, chocolate and ice-cream products.

As the versatility of ICAM’s professional chocolate lines evolved, becoming an increasingly popular preference among confectioners, ICAM also developed its cioco pasticceria retail range  consisting of melting chocolate, choc chip and cocoa powder, and designed to turn anyone into a skilled pastry chef, with gluten-free recipes everyone can enjoy.

The extensive range of Vanini retail chocolate bars, which are now already available in supermarkets and groceries, embodies the passion and virtuosity of the Agostoni-Vanini family for genuine Italian-crafted chocolate culture.

“The acquisition of these portfolios is in line with Nectar’s unflinching commitment to grow its product range. The additional ICAM favourite brands will lend versatility as well as further depth and strength to our existing vast offer of confectionery goods as we continue to build our footprint as one of the leading providers of foodstuffs in Malta within both the retail and catering sector,” said Roderick Abela, Nectar’s Managing Director.

Unveiling of restored Immaculate Conception painting sponsored by Nectar

A painting dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception displayed in St Andrew’s Chapel at Tal-Qares in Mosta has been unveiled after months of extensive conservation and restoration. The full restoration process on the canvas and the oil painting itself was sponsored by Nectar in line with its core values of social responsibility.

A ceremony was held for the community, benefactors and sponsors during which Raymond Grasso, PRO for Ċentru Pastorali Sant’Andrija delivered a short description of the historical heritage of the chapel, while Valentina Lupo, paintings conservator at Atelier del Restauro, spoke about the various steps undertaken in the restoration. The guests were also addressed by Mons Edgar Vella, Fr Antoine Borg, and the Archpriest of Mosta Fr Sebastian Caruana.

“The origins and period of the painting are unknown unfortunately, although it is calculated to be a late 18th century painting from the distinct brown colour and open weave texture of the canvas,” said Raymond Grasso.

Nectar’s Director Roderick Abela said: “The oil painting was in a poor state of conservation and called for an immediate restoration intervention. Nectar immediately responded to the appeal by Ċentru Pastorali Sant’Andrija situated in Tal-Qares area. Now that the painting is fully restored, it will continue to be enjoyed by the present community and by future generations.”

Built around 1436 in honour of St Andrew, the chapel was re-built in 1657. In 1693, the then Bishop of Malta Fra Davide Cocco Palmieri conducted a pastoral visit and declared the chapel to have the appropriate facilities to be able to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. The chapel was then affiliated to the Mellieħa Parish in 1916. St Andrew’s Chapel has eventually served under three parishes – Mellieħa, Naxxar and Mosta, all dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Ironman Rudolph

It’s a fact, triathlon is a very demanding sport built on endurance and a winning mentality. It requires firm dedication and long hours of very hard training. All too familiar to one of the most well rounded national athletes, Rudolph Agius who has been practicing triathlon since 2010. He is a man of great courage, commitment and ambition who deserves both moral backing and financial aid. In Rudolph’s own words “For years, Nectar’s support enabled me to participate and represent Malta in some of the top triathlons around the world.”

 

Rudolph has been carrying our logo in all national and international competitions he participated in. He has recently placed 15th within his age group at the Frankfurt European Championship. This granted him access to the globally renowned Ironman World Championship, which is taking place in Hawaii this coming October. We would wish Rudolph the best of luck but as some say, we are sure men of steel make their own luck.

Nectar Superheroes Team-building Event

Nectar recently held a team building event for around a hundred of their employees. Participants at the half-day event, which was held at Paradise Bay, were treated to a series of fun games, designed specifically for helping the whole team gel better together. The main theme for the event was Superheroes, with the underlying message was that every employee, regardless of role, individually and within the team, is of fundamental importance in the success of the company. On the sand, next to the water’s edge, ‘Superhero’ teams battled it out between them, using their talents, ingenuity and their skills at working together.

Nectar has built its business through empowerment and effective teamwork. Apart from treating team Nectar to a fun day out, this team building event has helped maintain the momentum towards achieving even better results together.

Nectar supports Organ Donation campaign for 2018

Organ donation after death is an altruistic gesture that costs nothing but transforms and improves the quality of life for patients and their families. Transplantation in Malta started some 30 years ago and during this period a good number of persons were given a second chance at life. This is  thanks to organ transplants they received, and more so thanks to organ donors who deserve society’s gratitude. About 100 patients are on the list waiting for organs at present.

In this context and as part of its corporate social responsibility, Nectar Ltd, encouraged its staff to register as organ donors. During the initial phase of an internal campaign, 75 employees registered as organ donors with the National Human Organ and Tissues Donation Register.

Nectar Ltd’s Head of Social and Welfare Committee Mr Keith Cassar said: “Transplantation of organs, tissues and cells has immense potential in saving and improving lives. One organ donor after his or her death can save up to eight lives. The same donor can also save or improve the lives of up to 50 individuals by donating tissues.With this in mind, we encouraged our employees to become organ donors and talk openly about organ donation within their respective families. At the end of the day, the effort will save lives. Most probably it is the single most important donation we will ever make.”

According to the recently enacted legislation, persons who have attained the age of 16 may register their wish to donate their organs after death, or specify which organs they would like to donate.  The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Organ Donor Registration leaflets state that: “any person, even those who have a medical condition, are accepted to register as organ donors.”  The more registered organ donors there are, the better. 

For registrations or more information on organ donation, one can access the website: www.organdonation.gov.mt

 

Nectar Ltd acquires sole direct distribution and marketing of Nestlé Ice Cream and Antica Gelateria brands in Malta

Following the international merger between Nestlé and R&R Foods, a new international company called Froneri was formed. Subsequent to the necessary evaluations, Froneri has decided to continue its relationship with Nectar, who was until 2017 an exclusive distributor of Nestlé Malta for these brands. As from January 2018, Nectar commenced handling directly the full operation in Malta, including those responsibilities formerly handled by Nestlé Malta.

Mr Roberto Pregnolato, Froneri’s Export Manager, said: “As ice-cream brands, both Nestlé and Antica Gelateria have a strong reputation and recognition among the Maltese population and, with Nectar Ltd, we will be capitalizing on this. Nectar was a natural choice as the company has a strong and extensive sales and distribution network reaching all localities on both islands in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Undoubtedly, this is a key factor for the two brands’ further success in Malta. Also, apart from having modern storage and warehousing facilities, Nectar has proper structures in place that can handle both present and future Nestlé and Antica Gelateria ice-creams’ sales and distribution requirements.”

Carlos Abela, director at Nectar Ltd said: “Nestlé and Antica Gelateria ice-cream brands are two prestigious brands and this is an exciting milestone for Nectar Ltd’s extensive brand portfolio as they offer Nectar bigger synergies and strengths in different market sectors. Despite the ever-increasing market challenges, Nectar will keep making significant strides forward, as it has done unfailingly year on year. While at present, preparations are underway prior to the start of the season, customers are being notified of this change”, said Mr Abela.

Nestlé Malta Ltd. is looking forward towards the dynamic continuation of the ice cream business through one of its distributors, since Nectar continues to distribute Buitoni frozen products on behalf of Nestlé Malta Ltd.

 

Litter Less Campaign

Over thirty young reporters have this morning witnessed the release of 2 loggerhead turtles during the launch ceremony of the Litter Less Campaign at Golden Bay. Malta officially joins the international campaign through the YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment) programme run by Nature Trust – FEE Malta. Workshop sessions about marine litter, the delicate sand dune ecosystems and the alignment of the campaign to the United Nations- SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) were held on the sandy beach.

The Litter Less Campaign (http://www.yre.global/litter-less-campaign) is a joint initiative of the Wrigley Company Foundation, locally represented by Nectar Limited, and FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). It is implemented in schools running the Eco-Schools, LEAF (Learning About Forests) and/or YRE programmes. The Campaign aims to engage and educate young people on the issue of litter and encourage them to make positive choices. Young journalists are encouraged to carry out investigations on local environmental issues and report through investigative reporting and photojournalism.   Participating schools will be able to network with students from the 10 participating countries and produce joint projects.

Schools may be assisted through in house workshops to produce articles, videos and photos addressing key litter issues. They are also urged to organise a Community Action Day to reach out to the wider school community and to further promote their campaigns through local media. Exhibits showcasing the students’ work will be put up at St James Cavalier for viewing by the local public during a month long exhibition organised by Action Planet. Apart from the funding received to complete their campaigns, local schools will also be competing with their international counterparts for international prizes.

Present for the launch ceremony was Mr Vincent Attard – Nature Trust-FEE Malta Executive President and also Hon. Jose Herrera – Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change who distributed a number of grants to the selected schools in order to complete their campaigns. The event was supported by Majjistral Nature and History Park, Gaia Foundation, Din l-Art Helwa, the Scout Association of Malta, WasteServ, Malta Tourism Authority and Nectar Limited.

Nectar supports ‘Tetra għall-Istrina’ Campaign


Nectar has endorsed Green MT’s Tetra ghall-Istrina’ campaign. The environmental initiative, which runs up until the week of l-istrina, forms part of the European Week for Waste Reduction launched across EU member states on the 18th November 2017. The public is being encouraged to dispose of recycling Tetra Pak cartons of milk and juices at various locations listed on the Green MT’s Facebook Page. All empty Tetra Pak cartons collected during the campaign, will be exchanged for a monetary donation to the Malta Community Chest Fund.

As part of its ongoing CSR efforts and a continuous drive to lower pollution, Nectar affixed specially-designed biodegradable wobblers at over 900 shops to spread more public awareness of this campaign. 

Tetra għall-Istrina was launched by H.E. the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace and is endorsed by a good number of local councils, schools and catering establishments. The scheme is reaching collections of 150 large grey or green bags filled with milk and carton juices daily.

Further information can be obtained by phoning Green MT on free phone 80074444, or on their Facebook page.

Nectar reduced its traditional energy footprint by at least 50%

The wondrously clean solar power is now fuelling the energy needs of Nectar, whose distribution network spans the length and breadth of the Maltese islands and brings refrigerated, frozen and dry goods to local storefronts round-the-clock.

The company has installed 1,086 photovoltaic panels on the rooftop of Nectar head office in Ta’ Qali, generating 276.722 of kWp (kilowatt peak) power and reducing the company’s utility bill by half. The company also installed a concealed irrigation system to ensure that the solar panels remain clean and absorb maximum solar heat.

“Nectar is investing in cleaner and more sustainable operations. Whilst the solar farm diversifies our energy mix, it allows us to make a huge leap in making our operations more sustainable,” said Nectar general manager Andrea Agius.

Sustainability is a guiding business principal at Nectar. The company has replaced all its traditional lights with motion-sensor LEDs at its warehouse, restrooms and office corridors. Further, it has leased new vehicles which consume less fuel and operate with a ‘stop&start’ system. Plans are afoot to install energy-efficient lighting on the building’s facade also.

Previously, an external audit by the Malta Business Bureau, the Malta Chamber of Commerce and the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association acknowledged Nectar’s water-saving measures as “an excellent example of best practice in water conservation”.

Established in 1991, Nectar has one of the largest sales forces in Malta with 50 sales personnel, representing over 50 renowned brands spread over six sales divisions. Its extensive portfolio of food, beverage and confectionery products is widely stocked in all leading supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, bars, canteens, groceries, pharmacies and health shops, apart from other outlets.  In recent years, ISO certified Nectar won awards for equality, learning and development, performance orientation, technology, job satisfaction, and health and safety.