Nestlé will invest $1 billion dollars in Mexico, building two new factories in the country which is the sixth largest global market for the company. The five-year investment will fund a new infant nutrition factory in Ocotlán, in western Mexico’s Jalisco state, and a pet food factory in the city of Silao, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato. In addition, it will also be used to expand Nestlé’s cereal factory in Lagos de Moreno, also in Jalisco state, with new technology, making it the company’s largest in the region.
“This investment is a striking example of our commitment to Mexico, and our long-term vision in a market with high growth potential,” said Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé. The investment would, he said, enable the creation of 700 direct and 3,500 indirect jobs, as well as bolstering the amount of raw materials purchased locally.
The factories in Mexico, the second largest market in Latin America for Nestlé, will also produce goods for the wider region. Some 40% of the products made at the new infant nutrition factory in Ocotlán, for example, will be exported to Latin America and the Caribbean.