Food multinational Nestle will invest $100 million over the next three years to manufacture single-dose capsules and to produce and fill soluble coffee at its factory in Gerona.
It was announced this Thursday by the Swiss company, which has assured that the investment will “increase production capacity” to make it possible to “maintain the current level of employment at the factory and create new employment opportunities”. The coming years”. Although Nestle did not elaborate in the statement how many jobs this investment could create, it recalls that the Gerona plant directly employs 870 people and stresses that the investment will have a direct impact. Means “increasing the competitiveness of the plant in the medium and long term.”
However, the multinational also states that the restructuring of some activities will lead to “the closure of the decaffeinated coffee manufacturing sector.”
“We are very proud to have attracted this investment to the Girona factory in recognition of the professional competency and skills of the human team. Furthermore, it represents a step forward in the consolidation of the factory as a reference plant for the group” , says Jordi Jane, factory manager.
Nestlé has 10 manufacturing facilities in Spain, exporting 61% of its production distributed between Catalonia, Asturias, Extremadura, Cantabria and Galicia. The food company allocated a total of 45 million euros in the 2021 fiscal year to strengthen the processes at these factories. Of that amount, 39 million were allocated to production and more than six to the administration, sales and information technology sectors. 11% of the total was used to improve its efficiency and stability. The company aims to reduce its net emissions by 50% in 2023 compared to 2018 levels and reach zero emissions in 2050.
Hence the investment in their production centers. Take, for example, the installation of a biomass boiler at his factory in La Penilla de Cayon (Cantabria), dedicated to chocolate, which uses cocoa roasted shells as a raw material to obtain steam.
At the Girona factory itself, in 2020 it installed a coffee ground recovery boiler, which uses these to obtain steam, requiring an investment of 17.2 million.
Last June it also introduced a new sustainable refrigeration system with a million investment at the Viladrou (Girona) bottling plant.