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Fire at Nestle Powdered Beverages Plant

August 22, 2019
A view of the Nestle powdered beverages plant in Smithtown, NSW, Australia. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A view of the Nestle powdered beverages plant in Smithtown, NSW, Australia. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A fire broke out Monday afternoon in a processing area of the Nestle powdered beverages plant in Smithtown, NSW, Australia, the Macleay Argus reported Tuesday. The plant is known as the birthplace of MILO powdered beverages. 

Crews responded to the site at about 4 p.m. after flames ignited in a fan used to ventilate a battery bank. “The only damage was to the immediate area of the fan and battery bank,” Kempsey Fire and Rescue Station Chief Tony Hackenberg told the newspaper. 

A large amount of smoke had to be ventilated from the facility after the blaze was extinguished. 

In addition to MILO beverage mixes, Nestle’s plant in Smithtown also manufactures NESQUIK and NESTLE Malted Milk powdered drink products. In 2014, the Swiss food and beverage giant announced plans to invest AUD$40 million to expand the Smithtown site’s production capabilities.

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