Nestlé Angola begins the construction of its first factory in Luanda

To Press Releases listLuanda,Nov 6, 2011

Nestlé Angola today held a ceremony to begin the construction of its factory which will cater to the increased demand for Nestlé products in the country

Nestlé Angola Ltd, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. in Switzerland, with a share capital of USD 40 million, today held an official ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of the first Nestlé factory in the country.

The TOFA PRODUTOS ALIMENTARES E DE CONFEITARIA LIMITADA factory will be built at an estimated cost of CHF 10 million (approximately 1 billion kwanza).  This investment in Angola is part of the wider plan for Nestlé in the EAR that was announced by Mr Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé S.A., in 2010 during his maiden visit to the Nestlé Equatorial African Region (EAR) where he reiterated Nestlé’s commitment to the region by announcing a total investment of CHF 150 million (approximately 17 billion kwanza). Partnering in this venture with Nestlé Angola are Estado Angolano and Star Motors.

TOFA PRODUTOS ALIMENTARES E DE CONFEITARIA, LIMITADA encompasses an area of 3350 sq mts and will include a warehouse, workshops, and production, common and technical areas. It will be a finishing factory for food products. In one production line, NIDO® milk powder will be packed in different sizes. In other production lines coffee and beverages will be repacked, for brands such as NESCAFE® and NESQUIK®. Operations are expected to start by September 2012. This finishing factory is a first step towards the construction and operation of a fully fledged Greenfield factory, where Nestlé will be engaging into full manufacturing processes and will then be in a position to source raw materials locally.

Elaborating on this further, Roger Stettler, Senior Vice-President Nestlé S.A, who was visiting the country on this special occasion, said, “Angola is particularly important for Nestlé, as it is an emerging market with a strong growing economy. Nestlé sees a lot of possibilities and would like to partner the government and people of Angola in this journey of growth. The factory fits perfectly into the PPP (Popularly Positioned Products) strategy of Nestlé which offers the consumers the opportunity to consume high-quality food products that provide nutritional value at an affordable cost and in appropriate format.”

 

 “The factory in Luanda will bring us closer to our consumers by reducing the costs of our products as they will be produced here locally as opposed to being imported. We will be able to control costs by using local raw materials thus bringing good nutrition to the general public. We will invest in training the local workforce and our total employment in Angola will grow to 100 employees, from 70 today, by the end of September 2012,” said Mr. Pierre Trouilhat, CEO and Region Head of Nestlé Equatorial African Region.

The ceremony, organised by Mr. Wilbart De Wit, Country Manager of Nestlé in Angola, was attended by the Minister of Trade, Dra. Idalina Valente, The Secretary of State for Industry, Engº Kiala Gabriel,  Mr. Roger Stettler, Vice President Zone AOA (Asia, Oceania, Africa), Nestlé SA,  and Mr Pierre Trouilhat, CEO and Region Head of Nestlé Equatorial African Region.

Currently, Nestlé Angola sells NIDO®, NESQUIK®, NESCAFÉ®, CERELAC®, NAN®, MAGGI®, MOÇA®, NAN®, NESTUM,® CHOCAPIC®, ESTRELIAS®, RICOFFY® and other brands sourced from other markets with established factories. By building this finishing factory and later the Greenfield factory, Nestlé will be able to produce culinary, dairy, coffee and beverage products locally.

Media Contacts: For more information please contact Mr Wilbart De Wit (Wilbart.DeWit@ao.Nestlé.com) or Mm. Edna Pegado (edna.pegado@ao.Nestlé.com)

About Nestlé EAR

Nestlé Equatorial African Region (EAR) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest nutrition, health and Wellness Company— with sales of CHF 109.7 billion in 2010. Nestlé EAR was set up in April 2008 and oversees the Nestlé operations in 21 countries: Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.