Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment, visited the Nestlé factory in Dalston on Monday with Carlisle MP, John Stevenson to tour the plant and meet with local businesses to discuss export opportunities.
The event gave local businesses the opportunity to hear firsthand the work which the Government has done and is doing to promote British exports. This work supports the action plan drawn up by The Export Forum, co-chaired by Nestlé Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood and Jim Paice, Minister for Agriculture and Food, to showcase and develop understanding of export opportunities for local business.
Nestlé Dalston Factory Manager, Martin Scott said: “The event was a great success. Lord Green was very interested in seeing how we operate in the factory and was impressed to hear that more than 60% of the products made in Dalston are exported to 26 markets overseas.”
During the tour Lord Green stopped by the tasting room to try a cappuccino and meet Yann Doleyres (Innovation and Renovation Manager) one of the 330 people employed at the factory.
Lord Green said: “It was really great to see the role the Nestlé factory plays in Dalston, not only through the number of local people its employs but also how it can share its expertise in export with other local business. Given the present economic climate, exports offer a real opportunity for businesses to explore and open up new markets and I feel sure the companies who attended this event will look to exploit this area.”
The factory at Dalston is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and after a £40million investment is now the European Centre of excellence for Nescafé Cappuccino. There has been 60% growth in output since 2007 with a doubling of production lines to keep up with the increased demand for Café Menu products.
Before the visit to the Nestlé factory John Stevenson MP hosted Lord Green and other UKTI representatives at a lunchtime reception in Carlisle sponsored by Nestlé.
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