Nestlé opens new USD 136 million factory in Dubai

To Press Releases listDubai,Dec 8, 2010

Nestlé reaffirms its commitment to the Middle East with a new USD 136 million (AED 500 million) manufacturing facility in Dubai which aims to serve Nestlé markets across the region.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai; HH Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today officially inaugurated Nestlé Middle East’s new factory in Dubai TechnoPark.

Paul Bulcke, Nestlé Chief Executive Officer; Frits van Dijk, Executive Vice President and Zone Director for Asia, Oceania, Africa and Middle East; and Yves Manghardt, Chairman and CEO for Nestlé Middle East, also attended the event.

Mr Bulcke said: “Nestlé has been present in the Middle East for 75 years, bringing meaningful value to society at large by sourcing locally, creating new local employment, offering nutritious products and helping in the further development of the region.

“By opening our new facility in Dubai – our regional headquarters – we will be closer to our consumers in the region and can better adapt our products to their needs and preferences. The Middle East region is a very important part of the Nestlé business and our continued commitment and ongoing investments demonstrate our confidence in the region.” Spread over an area of 1.02 million square feet, the 515,000 square foot facility – which currently employs 555 people – specialises in the manufacturing, canning and packaging of different Nestlé brands including Nido powder milk, Kit Kat chocolate and Nestlé Pure Life bottled water.

With the Middle East identified as a region with tremendous growth potential for Nestlé, the Company has made sufficient provision to expand the operations to meet growing market demands for the next few years.