Nestlé Makes Multi-Million Investment in the Netherlands
“We see Nestlé and the Netherlands as a successful partnership”
The world’s largest food producer, Nestlé, is to invest 80 million euros in its baby food production facility in Nunspeet, the Netherlands. The move underlines Nestlé’s long-term relationship with the Netherlands, where it has had a presence since 1869. This major investment was celebrated at the Nunspeet plant today in the presence of Clemens Cornielje, Royal Commissioner for the province of Gelderland, and Maarten Camps, Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, amongst others.
“The Netherlands and Nestlé have been inextricably linked since 1869, when our first products were sold here and our baby food production has had its roots in Nunspeet since 1895. Through this long presence here we feel very much part of Dutch society,” explains Marc Boersch, CEO, Nestlé Nederland. “Furthermore, we see Nestlé and the Netherlands as a successful partnership, due to the high-value and extensive expertise that is present here in the field of food technology, as well as the inspiring and progressive Dutch innovation infrastructure. We view this production and modernization investment also very much as an investment in our alliance and future with the Netherlands.”
Special infant nutrition
Through this investment, the Nunspeet plant will undergo extensive expansion, including an innovative technical installation for the production of special infant nutrition. This formula has been developed for Nestlé Health Science in the Nestlé Product Technology Center for infants with a protein intolerance. Food allergies are on the increase, with a strong rise particularly over the last ten years. In some industrialized countries up to ten percent of infants have some kind of food intolerance.
The Nunspeet expansion will be operational in 2017. During construction, additional employment will be created for around twenty people. For the 300-plus current employees, the expansion and modernization investment confirms the importance of the Dutch facility and, with that, job certainty for the future. Nestlé currently employs around 1000 people in the Netherlands and Nestlé Nederland had a turnover, in 2015, of around 600 million euros.
Maarten Camps, secretary-general at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, commented: “We are proud that Nestlé chose to expand its facility here in Nunspeet, as it is a clear vote for the Netherlands and that makes good sense: we are a true dairy country.”
As the world’s largest food company, Nestlé produces more than 2,000 brands including Nescafé, Nespresso and KitKat. Today Nestlé business spans beverages, dairy, confectionery, pet care, and even skincare. In 2011, the company extended its leadership in Nutrition, Health and Wellness by creating Nestlé Health Science, to develop nutritional healthcare products that help address issues such as optimal brain health, or healthy aging. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Switzerland.
Source: Nestlé Nederland press release
12 May 2016