Dalston does us proud - Nestlé celebrates its Cumbrian community

Sep 24, 2018
Paul Norris, Factory Performance Specialist

Nestlé in Dalston, a village near Carlisle in Cumbria, is celebrating its factory and its village setting in a new video released this week as part of a series profiling the UK communities where Nestlé has a presence.

The footage, presented by Paul Norris, Factory Performance Specialist who works at Nestlé Dalston, offers a glimpse inside the site and gives viewers a tour of the picturesque village, pointing out local landmarks like the Rose Castle and Dalston Hall.

Not be to confused with its hipster urban inner London namesake, the village of Dalston is located on the edge of the Lake District National Park, an outstanding area of natural beauty and the perfect location for dairy farming.

It is this rural location that attracted Nestlé to the site back in 1962 to start producing powdered and condensed milk.

In 1992 Nestlé Dalston started making cappuccino mixes, and has not looked back. As of 2018 the factory produces a vast range of Nescafé Gold Frothy Coffees, Nescafé Azera Cappuccino and Latte and Coffee Mate, a whitener for beverages – all for the UK and export around the world.

More than 300 people work at the factory, many of whom live in Dalston.

Over the last ten years, Nestlé has invested £70 million into the site to develop new and innovative products and to fully upgrade the entire filling and packing hall.

The factory uses milk exclusively from local Cumbrian dairy farmers, taking on average around 350,000 litres of milk a day – that is 63 million litres of the white stuff every year!

Nestlé’s reliance on local, high quality milk, means the Dalston factory works closely with local farmers to improve yields, improve animal welfare and enhance and protect the local environment.

Paul Norris said: “Here in Dalston it’s all about milk and therefore dairy farmers are crucial to us. As part of our ongoing First Milk partnership we work with local farmers to develop a more sustainable, and efficient supply chain that has a reduced environmental impact.”

“This makes Dalston the perfect place to make our products and we are proud to work with the communities of Cumbria to continue making the Nescafé frothy coffee that you know and love.”

Watch the Nestlé Dalston Community film:



Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage company, is shining a light on its UK communities where it has a presence – see all the films in the ‘Nestlé Communities’ series.