Nestlé has announced that it plans to double the production of Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee capsules with a CHF 64 million investment in a new international production line in Spain, which will create 150 new jobs in its economy.
As the largest Nescafé factory in Europe, the Company’s Nescafé factory in Girona, near Barcelona will be furnished with the new line that will form part of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site.
By 2012, production will increase to more than 2.5 billion coffee capsules per year for export to more than 20 European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
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The announcement was made by Nestlé at the official inauguration of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site, which already produces around three million coffee capsules a day.
The opening ceremony, which was led by Nestlé Executive Vice President of Operations and GLOBE, José Lopez said: “I am delighted to officially open the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site at our Nescafé factory in Girona; an investment which reflects our long-term commitment to Spain.
“We have chosen the site as the location for the new Nescafé Dolce Gusto international production line, as over time it has demonstrated its capabilities as one of our most competitive factories in the world, thanks to its highly qualified and committed staff.”
Built in 2008, the CHF 192 million Nescafé Dolce Gusto site at Nestlé’s existing Nescafé factory in Girona, has achieved record levels of production since operations began last year.
By 2012 the new site will be up and running with 400 employees as production expands to meet growing consumer demand for the Nescafé Dolce Gusto ‘coffee-shop-at-home’ system around the world.
It is also the first factory in Spain to “go green” by meeting sustainability requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.