Nestlé invests in the Ocean 14 Capital Fund I, which focuses on driving a sustainable and regenerative ‘”blue economy”

Nestlé has announced an investment in the Ocean 14 Capital Fund I, which focuses on driving a sustainable and regenerative ‘blue economy’ – a sector that uses ocean resources for economic growth and preservation.

This investment is aligned with Nestlé’s overarching sustainability goals and can provide opportunities to help advance the sustainability journey of one of its leading categories, Nestlé Purina PetCare, in particular. This includes exploring low-carbon ingredients such as alternative proteins for pet food, ensuring sustainable sourcing within its value chain, and protecting the ocean ecosystem from which Purina sources fish by-products.

Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 14: Life Below Water as a guiding principle, the Ocean 14 Capital Fund I invested in entrepreneurs and businesses with big ideas around aquaculture, alternative proteins, reducing plastic waste pollution, protecting ecosystems and marine flora, and ending overfishing.

Daniel Smith, Head of Nestlé Purina’s Global Business Unit: “The world’s oceans have suffered from overfishing, pollution, and climate change, resulting in the dramatic loss of marine habitats. That’s why we are delighted to collaborate with the Ocean 14 Capital Fund I, a visionary partner that is at the forefront of exploring this field. Together, we aim to drive innovation and create positive change by preserving and harnessing the power of the ocean’s resources to ensure a more sustainable future. We recognise the potential within the blue economy and are dedicated to seizing the opportunities it presents.”

Chris Gorell Barnes, co-founder of Ocean 14 Capital, expressed his enthusiasm for Nestlé’s investment and collaboration, stating: “We are thrilled to have Nestlé on board as our partner in driving the transformation of the blue economy. Oceans are the critical life-support system for life on earth. If it’s not functioning it will be game over for humanity. Nestlé’s investment in the Ocean 14 Capital Fund I showcases their support to make the blue economy sustainable and regenerative, to protect and restore the oceans’ health and make sure this vital economy can prosper.”