Nestlé Professional is deploying anti-viral and anti-bacterial self-disinfecting screen protectors for its out-of-home coffee machines.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are looking for reassurance on safety and hygiene when they have a coffee on-the-go, both at work or a convenience store.
Nestlé Professional teamed up with Nanoveu, a leading technology research company, to customise its Nanoshield anti-viral and anti-bacterial screen protector for Nestlé Professional's Nescafé machines and the We Proudly Serve Starbucks coffee programme.
The self-disinfecting Nanoshield film comprises a PET foil with a special resin layer containing an active copper component.
Nestlé added that the films are scientifically tested for anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
The self-disinfecting properties of the Nanoshield film remain active under various practical use situations, such as high-frequency touching and daily cleaning.
Reinhold Jakobi, head of Nestlé Professional's strategic business unit, said that the group wants "to be able to support" its customers in any possible way.
"Offering tools to help our customers to be able to continue serving coffee to their consumers in challenging times is of the utmost importance," Jakobi added.
Safety And Quality
Ensuring the safety and quality of its products is a key priority for Nestlé, and the company leveraged its R&D expertise in virology and food safety at the Nestlé Institute of Food Safety and Analytical Sciences located in Lausanne, Switzerland, to scientifically validate different anti-viral solutions.
A scientific study that includes the Nanoshield product results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal soon.
The customised Nanoshield films are designed to precisely fit the Nescafé touch screen and touchpad coffee machines available worldwide.
Specific Nanoshields will also be available for the We Proudly Serve Starbucks coffee programme in selected markets.
"We are fortunate to be working with Nestlé – a great global partner that understands the importance of Nanoshield and its efficacy in protecting against viruses, particularly against the COVID-19 virus," commented Alfred Chong, Nanoveu's executive chairman and CEO.
"Together, both organisations have a strong desire to develop solutions which enable better health and safety outcomes for consumers in the new environment in which we are all now living," Chong said.
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