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Nestlé invests $8m to meet Caribbean dairy-based supplement demand

By Mark Astley , 21-Sep-2012

Nestlé has invested around $8m in a new production line at its factory in Jamaica to meet increasing demand for its milk-based energy supplement, Supligen.

According to the Swiss food and beverage giant, the investment at its Bybrook facility in Linstead, Jamaica will result in increased production of the product and make the product easier to refrigerate by producing it in new slim aluminium cans.

Supligen is a milk-based fortified nutritional meal supplement, which Nestlé markets as a sustained energy release drink. The product, which was launched in 1976, is produced by Nestlé in five flavours including vanilla, malt, peanut, strawberry and chocolate.

Commitment to Jamaica

According to Nestlé, the production line investment represents its continued “commitment to Jamaica.”

“We have invested in a new production line for Supligen, responding to consumers’ increasing demand for the product,” said Nestlé Jamaica general manager James Rawle.

“It will be exported to several markets, boosting the Jamaican-made brand in many countries. The investment will help drive economic growth on the island and illustrates our long-term commitment to the Jamaican dairy industry’s growth and development.”

Jamaican investment

The Bybrook facility, which employs around 275 people, produces a number of other Nestlé brand products including Betty sweetened condensed milk, Milk instant drinks, Nestlé UHT milks and Carnation evaporated milk.

The Bybrook expansion takes the total invested in Jamaica by Nestlé over the last eight years to $36m.

Money has been invested in a number of upgrades and modernisation efforts at manufacturing facilities on the island. Around $2m was also invested in a waste water treatment plant.

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