Nestlé 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 investments 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.”
He added: “Today’s event illustrates the continued importance we give to developed markets and the growth we continue to see here.
“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.
Nestlé Nutrition is a global business with the Nestlé Group, covering infant nutrition, performance nutrition and weight management.
With a product portfolio of more than 30 worldwide brands, it had sales of CHF 7.7 billion in 2010.
Nestlé Health Science
Nestlé Health Science S.A. began operating in January 2011. It was announced in September 2010, along with the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, with a focus on personalized nutrition and related services.
It builds on the Company’s existing global Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition business, which has a long established reputation for its science-based products and services.
Nestlé in Switzerland
Nestlé's headquarters are located in Vevey, Switzerland. Around the country, Nestlé employs 9,400 people and operates 10 factories and 10 distribution centers.
The Nestlé Research Center, the Company's global Research and Development hub, is also located in Switzerland, along with three Product Technology Centres (PTC) and one Chocolate Centre of Excellence.
Nestlé brands available in Switzerland include Cailler, Cristalp, Frisco, Findus, Henniez, Incarom, Leisi, Le parfait, Mövenpick Ice Cream, Nescafé, Nespresso, Thomy, and Stalden.
In addition, Switzerland is home to 19 Nespresso Boutiques and two Mövenpick Ice Cream Galleries.