BrandArena: Nestlé completes world leading centre of excellence for nutrition products

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Nestlé completes world leading centre of excellence for nutrition products

Nestlé has officially inaugurated a new CHF 200 million production unit at its nutrition factory complex in Konolfingen, Switzerland. The event marks the completion of a four year, CHF 400 million total investment to create a world leading centre of excellence for specialized infant formulas and healthcare nutrition products.

Located in the canton of Berne, west-central Switzerland, the factory complex also includes a production unit for probiotic ingredients and a Product Technology Centre (PTC).

The new unit will produce Nestlé Nutrition probiotic infant formulas for export to more than 80 countries around the world, as well as healthcare nutrition products for the recently established Nestlé Health Science business.

Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé, attended the opening ceremony with Kurt Schmidt, Head of Nestlé Nutrition. They were joined by Johann Schneider-Ammann, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs; and Eugenio Simioni, Head of Nestlé Switzerland.

Mr Bulcke said: “Our investment in Konolfingen reflects our confidence in not only the quality, but also the creativity of Swiss industry. We are committed to Switzerland for the long-term. It has been Nestlé’s home for the past 145 years and it will continue to be so.”

“Nestlé has been present in both developed and emerging markets for many decades, and we continue to invest in our innovation and Research and Development capabilities across these different countries.

“They are all part of the success of our company and our long-term presence all over the world gives us a competitive advantage.”

The Konolfingen site also produces infant formula capsules for BabyNes, the premium nutrition system for babies launched by Nestlé in May 2011, for sale exclusively in Switzerland.

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