Nestlé research means it’s ‘YES!’ for recyclable paper packaging

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A technical breakthrough in confectionery packaging will see Nestlé’s ‘YES!’ snack bar range wrapped in recyclable paper for the first time.

Three YES! snack bars held up with two hands

UK based experts, working at our confectionery R&D centre in York, have found a way to use a recyclable paper wrapper in a high-speed ‘flow wrap cold seal’ packaging line. It represents a world first for a process that, in the past, was only suitable for plastic films and laminates.

Our ‘YES!’ range of fruit-based and nut-based bars will become the first brand to convert to the new recyclable paper wrapper to be rolled out over the next couple of months.


Stefano Agostini, CEO for Nestlé in the UK and Ireland said:

“YES! represents exactly what more and more people are demanding from manufacturers like Nestlé now and for the future. Last year we introduced YES! as an entirely new brand using wholesome ingredients and offering a healthier snacking option of tasty fruit and nut bars.

“Now we’ve turned our attention to the wrapper so that the packaging is sustainable and easy to recycle. It’s an important step as we work to make all of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.”


YES! bar wrappers will now carry the message “carefully wrapped in paper” to reflect the work that has been done in adapting production lines to handle the new packaging more gently during the manufacturing process.

The new packaging is made of a coated paper that is widely recyclable with other paper. The paper itself comes from sustainable sources, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.

The innovation has been a significant project for our global confectionery R&D centre in York and a small team have worked independently and creatively to focus on finding the breakthrough required.

Jas Scott de Martinville, Global Confectionery R&D lead for Nestlé said:

“This launch is the result of a lot of hard work at speed with our R&D teams delivering a recyclable paper solution for our YES! bars in less than 10 months. It is an incredible achievement and one that we are all very proud of.”


The challenge for experts was to find a way to use paper on high speed production lines that have been designed for more durable plastic or laminate packaging. The new wrapper then had to be tested extensively to make sure it would keep YES! bars in perfect condition during production, transport and storage.

Our out of home team are introducing two new flavours of YES! bars to coincide with introduction of the new paper wrapper. Delicious Dark Choc, Banana & Pecan and Luscious Raspberry & Chia Seeds, will join existing favourites like Tempting Dark Choc, Sea Salt & Almond and Sumptuous Cranberry and Dark Chocolate. Stockists will be annouced shortly. 

Each YES! nut bar is vegetarian, high in fibre, and a source of protein. The fruit bars are vegan, gluten free, lactose free, high in fibre, have no added sugar and contribute to one of your five a day.




Additional information:

  • In 2018, Nestlé announced its ambition to make all of its packaging either recyclable or reusable by 2025 and established the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences to help find and develop new alternatives.
  • Nestlé was a founding member of the UK Plastics Pact.
  • YES! was invented in the UK at the same York R&D centre as the new paper wrapper. The range has been developed to use diverse ingredients that you might not expect to find in an ordinary fruit or nut bar. YES! was introduced to the UK & Ireland in September 2018.
  • YES! bars are available in five delicious flavours for out of home businesses, each less than 200 calories:

Tempting Dark Choc, Sea Salt & Almond (189 kcal)

Delicious Dark Choc, Banana & Pecan (171 kcal) 

Sumptuous Cranberry & Dark Choc (183 kcal)

Luscious Raspberry & Chia Seeds (111 kcal) 

  • The fruit bars have no added sugar but contain naturally occurring sugars. All of the bars are free from artificial colours, sweeteners and preservatives.