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Kraft Foods Beijing Plant Collects Rainwater in a Brilliant Way of Water Saving

Rainwater Recycling Project Recognized with Government Fund

Beijing, China – September 1, 2011 - Kraft Foods Beijing Confectionery plant recently received a special sum of RMB 300,000 from Water Conservation Office of Beijing Municipality for its rainwater recycling project. Under the project, rainwater is collected and recycled for cooling water supply and landscape irrigation. Each year the confectionery plant is estimated to save 10,400 cubic meters of water (20% of the total water consumption). According to Ms. CHE Fei, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kraft Foods China, "Kraft Foods China has always paid close attention to the environmental impact of its production and operating activities. In this regard we have spared no efforts in enhancing our capability for sustainable development.  This policy is reflected in energy-saving and environmental performance indicators for each of our factories. They are as much part of our fulfillment of corporate social responsibilities as they are a major part of our effort to improve productivity and production efficiency."

The rainwater recycling project was put into use with an investment of RMB 1.05 million in 2010. The project comprises two parts: rainwater collection system and recycling system. Whenever it rains, the rainwater enters a collection pit with a volume of 1,000 cubic meters. It then passes a two-tier filtration system in preparation for subsequent use.  Part of this "water from the heavens" is used to supplement groundwater in the cooling tower, while another part is used to irrigate the greenery area around the plant.

"Financially, use of the rainwater has saved RMB 40,000 each year. Environmentally it means we have saved the use of groundwater. The amount of groundwater saved is sufficient for a few thousand people to take a shower." Ms. JI Fang, Senior Manager of Safety and Environment, Kraft Foods China, introduced: "Apart from the confectionery plant, Kraft Foods Beijing Biscuit plant had built a rainwater collection system in 2007. This project also saves about RMB 20,000 every year."

Kraft Foods Beijing Biscuit plant is situated in Beijing Economic Development Zone. It occupies a land area of 56,000 square meters, of which 17,000 sq.m. of land is landscaped greenery area. The plant’s rainwater collection system is capable of meeting its irrigation needs for the greenery area. Each year the plant saves between 3,000 and 6,000 sq.m. of water. In 2009 the plant’s said project received a subsidy of RMB 200,000 from the district government.

It is therefore not surprising for Kraft Foods China to achieve significant progress in various environmental performance indicators.  Indeed as early as 2009 Kraft Foods China has achieved the Group’s global energy-saving and emission-reduction targets for 2011. Between 2005 and 2010, for each ton of its products Kraft Foods China’s average energy-consumption was reduced by 49.18 percentage; average carbon dioxide emission was reduced by 41.76 percentage; waste-production was reduced by 35.67 percentage, and water-consumption was reduced by 59.32 percentage. Also, from 2007 to 2010, the company managed to reduce the volume of packaging consumable materials by as much as 361 metric tons.

Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE: KFT) is a global snacks powerhouse with an unrivaled portfolio of brands people love. Proudly marketing delicious biscuits, confectionery, beverages, cheese, grocery products and convenient meals in approximately 170 countries, Kraft Foods had 2010 revenue of $49.2 billion, more than half of which was earned outside North America.  Twelve of the company’s iconic brands -- including Cadbury, Jacobs, Kraft, LU, Maxwell House, Milka, Nabisco, Oreo, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Trident and Tang -- generate revenue of more than $1 billion annually, and 40 have been loved for more than a century.  A leader in innovation, marketing, health & wellness and sustainability, Kraft Foods is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index. For more information, visit and

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