Food and beverage firm Nestle Malaysia announced the opening of its new Plant-Based Meal Solutions plant in the Shah Alam Industrial Complex in Selangor, Malaysia this Wednesday. The RM150 million (about $36 million) facility is the company’s first of its kind in the ASEAN region.
“The production site in Shah Alam will allow us to supply locally produced, high-quality great tasting and Halal-certified plant-based meals,” Nestle (Malaysia) Berhad chief executive officer Juan Aranols said in a statement. “In the same way as it is happening in other parts of the world, Malaysians are becoming interesting in exploring alternatives to meat consumption, either because of health reasons or for environmental considerations. For them, we have developed an exciting new range of products that provide excellent nutritional alternative supporting healthier and more sustainable lifestyles.”
The 600-sq-m plant has a capacity of 8,000 tn/yr and features new food processing machinery and automated packaging lines. Harvest Gourmet brand plant-based products are currently manufactured at the Selangor plant for the out-of-home-market. Nestle said the site will soon start to produce a commercial range of offerings for retail and eCommerce sale, including the Sensational Burger patty, Schnitzel, and other plant-based meat alternatives for home cooking.
“We have chosen Malaysia, and Selangor, as the location of this new manufacturing hub, as we find here the right infrastructure, trade links, and access to talent and capabilities,” said Chris Johnson, executive vice president and chief executive officer, Zone Asia, Oceania, and sub-Saharan Africa for Nestle S.A., in a release, adding, “We are confident this new facility will be able to capture the exciting growth opportunity for plant-based products in this region, which is a very important growth priority for the Nestle Group worldwide.”
Nestle established a presence in Malaysia in 1912.