Nestlé invests CHF 40 million in DRC - Kinshasa

To Press Releases listJun 28, 2010

New plant to supply the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville markets

Nestlé today announced it is investing CHF 40 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the next three years. The Company will build a new factory in Kinshasa and significantly expand its existing distribution channel across the country. Total Nestlé employment in DRC will grow to 300 employees when the project concludes at the end of 2012.

Nestlé Chief Executive Officer Paul Bulcke said, “Nestlé is committed to unlocking the business opportunities and to promote growth of our market in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since the establishment of distribution centers and sales offices in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Goma in 2009, we have seen a remarkable growth, which we are now responding to by strengthening our presence. By building a new factory in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we will come closer to our consumers and can better adapt our products to their taste and nutritional needs.”

The new factory in Democratic Republic of Congo will produce culinary (MAGGI) and coffee (Nescafé 3-in-1). Other products such as dairy, beverages and certain coffee products will be transformed locally into finished goods to specifically respond to local market needs. In 2011, Nestlé will further strengthen its position in DRC by locally sourcing its raw materials for its culinary and coffee production. Currently, Nestlé DRC sells NIDO, Sweetened and Condensed Milk, MAGGI, NESCAFE, NESQUIK, MILO, CERELAC and NAN sourced from other markets. 


Earlier this year, Nestlé sponsored a women’s entrepreneurship program in DRC. The New Hope Project, aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills of women in Kinshasa, provides them with the opportunity to establish small businesses selling Nestlé products and giving them an opportunity to lead their lives with dignity.

This initiative is an illustration of Creating Shared Value which is a fundamental part of Nestlé's way of doing business. It says that for a company to be successful, it should not only create value for shareholders but also for society at large.

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Press contacts: Bassem Philip (bassem.philip@cd.nestle.com)

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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 USD 99 billion in 2009. Nestlé EAR was set up in 2008 and oversees the Nestlé operations in 20 countries: Kenya, Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.