Global food and beverage giant Nestle announced Wednesday that construction was recently started on its new, $55 million production plant in Cuba, positioning the Swiss-owned firm for expansion in the island nation’s food and beverage market.
“This new factory will help meet growing consumer demand and further strengthen our presence in Cuba. Local production capacity combined with Nestle’s know-how will benefit the local food industry and create new chances for growth,” said Laurent Freixe, chief executive officer of Nestle Americas, in a statement.
Slated to become operational in 2020, the plant will operate under a joint venture between Nestle and the Cuban firm Corporacion Alimentaria S.A. (Coralsa) and employ 260 workers. Nestle said the plant’s 139,930-sq-ft manufacturing area will produce Nescafe, local coffee brand Serrano, Nestle Fitness snacks, Maggi products, and Nesquik powdered drinks.
“Cuba has great opportunities for industrial development; with this investment, we aim to be a part of its growth as we are sure that it will continue to be an important engine of profitability in the Latin Caribbean region while establishing a strong footprint in the country for the next decades,” Nestle’s market head for Latin Caribbean, Alexandre Carreteiro, said in the firm’s release.
The plant is being built in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), and is expected to have an capacity that reaches reach more than 18,500 tn/yr for local and export markets. Nestle currently operates two other plants in Cuba with Coralsa.