Official Opening of new state-of-the-art Nestlé Waters factory in Buxton

To Press Releases listGatwick,Mar 14, 2013

Nestlé S.A. CEO, Paul Bulcke and Nestlé Waters CEO, John J Harris with Environment Minister Lord de Mauley will officially open the new £35 million state-of-the-art factory at Waterswallows in Buxton today.

The new factory, one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities combines for the first time the bottling facility with warehouse capability.   The new production lines have enabled Nestlé Waters to significantly reduce its total energy output, as well as reduce the packaging used in its bottles of Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Nestlé Pure Life Spring Water by an average of 25% across the range, making them one of the lightest bottles in the UK.

This factory will contribute to accelerate the development of our bottled water activities and illustrates our capacity for innovation in production facilities via an approach which combines strong and sustainable production efficiency with outstanding environmental performances Paul Bulcke

As part of the official opening it was announced that the factory has achieved an ‘excellent’ grading in its BREEAM Certification. This certification takes into consideration the site’s energy and water use as well as its transport infrastructure and its ecology.

Today’s announcement marks another milestone in the multi-million pound investment journey Nestlé has undertaken in the UK to establish its next generation of world class manufacturing facilities.  Last year Nestlé committed to invest a further £500m over the next three years.

Nestle Buxton
One of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities: official opening of the new £35 million state-of-the-art factory at Waterswallows in Buxton

Paul Bulcke said: “The Buxton factory is an excellent example of how we continue to invest in Europe despite tough economic conditions. This factory will contribute to accelerate the development of our bottled water activities and illustrates our capacity for innovation in production facilities via an approach which combines strong and sustainable production efficiency with outstanding environmental performances.”

John J. Harris said: “The long history that links Nestlé Waters to Buxton, commits us to being a responsible company in this community, as in our factories all around the world.  Thanks to Nestlé Waters  teams and thanks to an active partnership with local communities, I am also proud to announce today that the factory has not only  achieved an ‘excellent’ rating within the BREEAM (*) environmental certification scheme but is now certified “zero waste to landfill.”

Lord de Mauley said: “I’m delighted to be opening Nestlé’s new £35m bottling and warehouse factory today. It’s a world class example of innovation and efficiency.

“Investments like this in our food and drink industry help generate economic growth and create more jobs. This investment will ensure Buxton remains the home of Nestlé Waters’ bottling facilities long into the future, which is good news for the local community, the economy and the environment.”

Editors Note:
For further information please contact:
Nestlé UK: nestleukpressoffice@uk.nestle.com or call 0208 667 6005
Nestlé Waters MT:  Frederique HENRY frederique.henry@waters.nestle.com
Nestlé Waters UK: Sian CHAPMAN sian.chapman@waters.nestle.com

BREEAM certification:
The BREEAM  (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation is the UK’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, which takes into consideration the site’s energy and water use, its transport infrastructure and its ecology.
BREEAM highlights at the factory include:

  • A sustainable drainage system (SUDS) designed to mimic as closely as possible the natural drainage of the site, which minimises the impact of urban development flooding and pollution of waterways
  • Energy efficient lighting and recycled heat systems
  • The factory  has been independently audited and certified as achieving  ‘Zero waste to landfill’
  • Local biodiversity is nurtured by working with the Wildlife Trust and local community on the site to create dynamic and sensitive butterfly planting schemes