Nestlé continues to invest in Brazil with the opening of a new CHF 83 million beverage factory in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The factory, located in the city of Três Rios, will create more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. It is Nestlé’s 31st factory in Brazil and its third in the state of Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, the company already has an ice cream factory in Jacarepaguá and a water bottling factory in Petrópolis.
“The State of Rio de Janeiro is of increasing importance for us,” said Ivan Zurita, CEO of Nestlé Brazil. “This factory will allow us to supply the market in Rio de Janeiro and the states of south east Brazil even more efficiently.”
Initially the new factory in Três Rios will produce UHT (ultra-high temperature processing) milk for Nestlé’s Ninho and Molico brands, and soy-based product Sollys. It will start to produce Nescau ready-to-drink chocolate milk in 200 mL and 1 L formats in 2012. Production lines for Nestlé Fast, a ready-to-drink beverage range sold under the brands Alpino, Nescau, Neston, and Molico, will also be introduced next year. When fully operational, the factory will have a total annual production capacity of 124,000 tons.
In other news, Nestlé is strengthening its frozen pizza business by extending its Wagner factory in Germany. The new €45 million extension to the factory, located in the city of Otzenhausen, will boost production of Wagner branded frozen food products such as Big Pizza, Piccolinis, and Die Backfrische. Production is set to increase from 70 million products to 350 million products annually once the new extension is fully operational in 2013. Products include pizzas such as reduced fat, whole grain, lactose-free, and organic varieties that are produced without flavorings or additives.
Nestlé entered a joint venture with Wagner in 2005 and increased its stake in the company to 74% in 2010. Wagner’s turnover has increased by 51% since it partnered with Nestlé.
Brazilian beverage factory press release
German pizza press release