Canadian Packaging

Nestlé to build $94-million beverage facility in Brazil

New factory to create over 1,000 jobs producing milk and soy-based products.


November 22, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Nestlé, a global leader in the production of nutritional, health and wellness products, is investing yet again in Brazil with the opening of a new CHF 83 million Swiss Franc (~Cdn/US $94.2-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. This is Nestlé’s 31st factory in Brazil and its third in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Expanding production lines

Initially the new factory in Três Rios will produce UHT (ltra-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 200ml and one-liter 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 tonnes and will receive around 200,000 liters of milk per day from about 400 local farmers. To ensure consistent quality, milk is tracked from the farm to its arrival at the factory.

“We aim to foster and strengthen the milk production potential of Rio de Janeiro,” says Ivan Zurita, chief executive officer of Nestlé Brazil at the opening of the facility. “This will increase farms’ competitiveness and profitability, leading to a better quality of life in these rural regions.”

Leading milk buyer

Nestlé is a major milk buyer in Brazil, purchasing 2.2 billion liters in 2010 from a supply network of more than 40,000 direct and indirect milk producers.

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the company provides technical assistance and advice to small dairy farms in partnership with the city’s Federal University.

Nestlé has also implemented various projects to help local farmers in collaboration with the state of Rio de Janeiro and the Municipality of Três Rios.

Supplying four states

The new factory in Três Rios will supply Rio de Janeiro and the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and São Paulo.

“The State of Rio de Janeiro is of increasing importance for us,” explains Zurita. “This factory will allow us to supply the market in Rio de Janeiro and the states of south east Brazil even more efficiently.”

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