HOBOKEN, NJ – Nestlé Health Science announced it is working with Washington-based Royal Dairy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with an environmental focus on cow feed, manure management, renewable energy and regenerative agriculture.

As part of the collaboration, Royal Dairy is becoming a dairy supplier for Carnation Breakfast Essentials.

"Dairy farmers are experts who know their land and what will work on their farms best, but high costs and technological barriers mean many farmers need support transitioning to practices that can reduce (GHG) emissions," said Christiane Baker, director of sustainability, Nestlé Health Science US. "Royal Dairy is pioneering a comprehensive regenerative approach to dairy that helps reduce our carbon footprint while also supporting a more sustainable food system for all. We're proud to help Royal Dairy implement additional sustainable solutions that can better their business and the planet, and we look forward to exploring ways to expand this initiative in the future."

The partnership is part of the Dairy Scale for Good pilot, a component of the US Dairy Net Zero Initiative. Led by the Innovation Center for US Dairy and a number of national dairy organizations – including Dairy Management Inc., the International Dairy Foods Association, Newtrient, the National Milk Producers Federation and the US Dairy Export Council – the initiative also has partners in Nestlé, Starbucks, Syngenta, The Nature Conservancy and others.

The US Dairy Net Zero Initiative was put together to advance research, on-farm pilots and new market development to make sustainability practices more accessible and affordable, while working toward the dairy industry’s 2050 environmental goals.

"The industry collaboration behind the Net Zero Initiative means we are focused on finding and scaling solutions that work," said Karen Scanlon, executive vice president of environmental stewardship at the Innovation Center for US Dairy. "Through the extraordinary partnership with Royal Dairy and Carnation Breakfast Essentials, we will learn how food industry partners work together to lower barriers for greater emission reductions. What's more, we will broadly share lessons on how to support continuous progress while offering a nutritious and sustainable dairy choice for families."

Nestlé Health Science shared that its sustainability endeavors involve reducing GHG emissions, sourcing ingredients that have significant nutritional value with minimal environmental impact, reducing virgin plastic use, and “striving to make all packaging recyclable.”

"We believe in helping families start their day off right with a nutrient-packed drink while having the environment's best interest at heart," said Mohini Joshi, vice president for Nestlé Health Science US. "That's why we're working directly with dairy farms, like Royal Dairy, in our supply chain to help accelerate farmers' ability to reduce (GHG) emissions. This brings all of us closer to a climate smart future for dairy – a future where the taste you love can create good for generations."

The founder of Royal Dairy, Austin Allred, said the farm’s mission is to produce food sustainably and take care of the land, cows and families involved for years to come.

"My family and I are thrilled to partner with Nestlé Health Science and its brand Carnation Breakfast Essentials to advance our sustainability practices further and bring climate smart dairy to consumers throughout the country,” Allred said. “We look forward to exploring new ways we can bring sustainable dairy products to more families."