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Nestlé Malaysia Presents KitKat® Dark Borneo, First Ever KitKat® Made with Cocoa Beans from Sabah and Sarawak!

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The new KitKat® is the first result of the partnership with Malaysian Cocoa Board to accelerate cocoa farming development in Malaysia

NEGERI SEMBILAN, 6 May 2024 – In line with its ongoing efforts to localise its ingredients supply chain, Nestlé Malaysia has just unveiled its latest innovation: KitKat® Dark Borneo, made exclusively using cocoa beans grown in Sabah and Sarawak. The beans are sourced through the Nestlé Borneo Cocoa Initiative (NBCI) launched in September last year. NBCI is a strategic partnership between Nestlé Malaysia and the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) to expand the Company’s Farmer Connect program to East Malaysia.

The launch of KitKat® Dark BorneoYang Berhormat Datuk Seri Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, Minister of Plantation and Commodities, alongside the leadership team from Nestlé and the Malaysian Cocoa Board, inaugurated the KitKat® Dark Borneo. 

[From left to right] Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Razali bin Mohamad, Deputy Secretary General (Plantation & Commodity); Yang Berbahagia Dato' Abdul Hadi bin Omar, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Plantation and Commodities; Yang Berhormat Datuk Chan Foong Hin, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security; Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, Minister of Plantation and Commodities; Juan Aranols, CEO of Nestlé Malaysia; Yang Berbahagia Datuk Dr. Ramle Bin Hj Kasin, Director General of the Malaysian Cocoa Board; Carlota Casellas, Business Executive Officer of Nestlé Confectionery and Yang Berbahagia, Dato’ Adnan Pawanteh, Executive Director, Group Corporate Affairs Nestlé Malaysia.

This is the latest farming venture by Nestlé Malaysia to support better and more sustainable agricultural practices, contributing to the nation’s food security and improved livelihoods for the farmers involved, through the various Nestlé’s Farmer Connect program. Indeed, since 1985, the Company has been actively engaged in the planting of local chilis and rice in several states. More recently, since 2019, the company is also leading the expansion of coffee planting in Kedah and in Kelantan. Finally, the expansion through NBCI to East Malaysia offers great opportunity to develop cocoa local supply building on the favourable soil and weather conditions in Sabah and Sarawak, whilst contributing towards positioning Malaysia back in the global supply landscape for this highly valued crop.

Using Trinitario cocoa beans grown in Borneo’s fertile volcanic soil and tropical rainforest climate, which goes through a careful fermentation and sun drying process, the KitKat® Dark Borneo with 52% cocoa content strikes a perfect balance of rich and creamy taste, with unique fruity notes that give the product a very distinct and sophisticated personality. KitKat® Dark Borneo is part of the KitKat® product range produced at the Halal-certified Chembong industrial complex in Negeri Sembilan. Recently equipped with a new Biomass Boiler plant which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, this facility is one the largest Nestlé confectionery plants in Asia, and plays a pivotal role as an export manufacturing hub to all ASEAN markets and other destinations.

At the official launch event, held at the Malaysian Cocoa Board in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad said, “The KitKat® Dark Borneo launch is part of our commitment to advancing local and sustainable sourcing through Nestlé Malaysia’s Farmer Connect program, which has now expanded into East Malaysia and goes beyond our current engagements involving chili, rice and coffee agricultural development. This initiative makes tangible our vision of “better farming, better lives, and better cocoa”. Our approach includes implementing Regenerative Agriculture practices like agroforestry and intercropping, which helps to ensure the soil health for the long run, as well as develop the crop yield, which helps in boosting the local farmers' income. We believe that KitKat® Dark Borneo, in addition to a great tasting and high-quality confectionery, is a great example of how private-public partnerships can bring about positive change and improved opportunities for economic development for the local communities. Ultimately, KitKat®’s promise of “having a ‘good' break gets its full significance when it benefits everyone, from the cocoa farmers to the many chocolate-loving Malaysians”.

Demonstrating the 'from bean to bar' process for KitKat® Dark Borneo(Left) Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, Minister of Plantation and Commodities and (Right) Mr. Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Malaysia, engaging in the launch gimmick, demonstrating the 'from bean to bar' process for KitKat® Dark Borneo.

The launch event was graced by the presence of Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, Minister of Plantation and Commodities of Malaysia, who remarked, “Malaysia has great potential to integrate into the global cocoa market, which is currently highly dependent on few cocoa producing countries in the world. Our Ministry, together with the Malaysian Cocoa Board are committed to not only revitalising, but also enriching our cocoa industry. It is our task to reenergise the upstream and downstream sectors, ensuring that our approaches not only increase income generation but also instil environmental stewardship among our communities."

He continued, stressing the importance of innovative initiatives in tackling industry challenges. "Malaysia was once a thriving cocoa-producing nation, and there are vast opportunities for us to infuse technology and product innovation to elevate our production levels. Therefore, effort such as this by Nestlé KitKat® to support Borneo growers in improving their lives and the quality of their products through Nestlé’s sustainability plan are crucial."

At the launch event, KitKat® also paid tribute to the hands that crafted the KitKat® Dark Borneo - the cocoa farmers from both Sabah and Sarawak. Additionally, there was a demonstration of cocoa tree pruning and cocoa bean fermentation process by the farmers, which is the crucial step in producing high-quality cocoa.

Local farmer introducing the Borneo's Trinitario cocoaLocal farmer introducing the Borneo's Trinitario cocoa to representatives from Nestlé and the Malaysian Cocoa Board.

For more information, please visit https://www.nestle.com.my/brands/confectionery, FB at https://www.facebook.com/KitKatMalaysia and IG at www.instagram.com/KitKatMalaysia


About Nestlé KitKat® 
Created in 1935, KitKat® was first known as Rowntree Chocolate Crisp. Two years later, the name has changed to KitKat®. In 1988, KitKat® became part of Nestlé range of confectionery products. It grew to be the no. 1 chocolate brand in Malaysia, enjoyed by young and old as a light snack. Today, it is exported to more than 14 countries globally. KitKat® is 100% Halal and is produced locally at Nestlé’s Halal-certified facility in Chembong, Negeri Sembilan.

“Have a break, have a KitKat®” has become a popular phrase, aptly describing the enjoyment of the chocolate-coated wafers whenever one needs to take a break amidst a busy and stressful moment.

Nestlé’s KitKat® is the first global confectionary brand to be made from 100% sustainable cocoa sourced under the Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan. The brand has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025. KitKat® aims to reduce the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of its plan.

About Nestlé Malaysia
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer. Headquartered in Switzerland, Nestlé is present in more than 180 countries around the world, and our over 270,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. Our performance is driven by our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products. We are committed to improving the lives of the communities in which we operate, whilst maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity.

This is in line with our promise of delivering GOOD FOOD, GOOD LIFE to all. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Nestle.Malaysia.


For more information, please contact: 

Shaheen Zaffar
Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
Tel: (+603) 7965 6456
E-mail: [email protected] 

Nurul Atiqah Mustapa
Perspective Strategies
Tel: (+603) 7491 3138
E-mail: [email protected]