The project will allow Nestlé to start production of liquid milk, in added-value segments.
The project investment was more than $12m, to acquire a new sterilization plant, technology, an adaptation for packing line, the renovation of existing boilers and the cold system for the whole plant and a modern and automated deposit.
The amount is part of a four-year local investment plan of $127m. The new production line allows for the manufacture of 10m liters per year of value-added liquid products with UHT (ultra-high temperature) technology.
The company said it will allow for expansion of its presence in the sector, producing liquid versions of value-added products with brands such as Nesquik, Nido and NAN. Villa Nueva Factory now becomes the third Nestlé factory in the world producing infant formulas with the UHT format.
Gian Carlo Aubry, CEO and president of Nestlé Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, said, “Today we are announcing our entry into the liquids market, with added-value products to our consumers, boost business growth, promote exports and be pioneers on new projects, such as organic milk and A2 milk. Nestlé has the strength to connect the demand of consumers from different parts of the world with the supply of countries like ours.”
For Villa Nueva and the other five factories in Argentina, Nestlé has signed an agreement whereby 100% of the electric power used will come from renewable sources by 2020.
Nestlé has been present in Argentina for 89 years and has six factories in different regions of the country, employing more than 2,000 people.