Nestlé Middle East’s 18th factory in the region has been inaugurated in Dubai South, representing an investment by Nestlé in its local supply chain of more than AED500-million.
“Nestlé has been the early mover to Dubai South having realized its potential as the economic platform for the future,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South.
“They have leveraged our excellent infrastructure and ease of doing business to further grow their business. We’re delighted to see Nestlé growing stronger in the region,” he added.
“The Al-Maha factory underlines our commitment to our customers, our willingness to invest and create jobs, and our ambition to minimize our environmental impact,” said Marco Settembri, executive vice president Nestlé SA and head of zone for Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
The new factory will provide employment for 340 people from 20 countries, 60% of whom under 30 years old.
Nestlé already operates two other factories in Dubai Investment Park, one for Nestlé Waters, and another – Nestlé Dubai Manufacturing – covering KITKAT, MACKINTOSH’s Quality Street, and NIDO products.
“Nestlé Al-Maha is yet another way for us to meet our commitment to the Middle East,” said Yves Manghardt, chairman and CEO Nestlé Middle East. “Manufacturing locally enables us to source locally, invest locally, make tailored products to better meet local needs, and serve communities in the region more rapidly and more effectively.”
Nestlé Al-Maha holds the Halal certification of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). It runs on 100% LED lighting, which consumes nominal energy, is fully insulated to save air-conditioning energy, recycles 100 percent of waste from products and raw materials, reaching zero waste for landfill, implements water saving mechanisms, and has an ambition to operate on solar-generated power.
The factory also includes a permanent exhibit, showcasing the role Nestlé plays in society.
Some examples in the Middle East are the Nestlé Healthy Kids Program – Ajyal Salima, now in five countries in the region where it has reached over 40,000 children to date; and United for Healthier Kids that has mobilized so far over 580,000 joiners to nurture healthier generations.
The exhibit also features high-tech tools; including iPads and Oculi, allowing 360-degree virtual visits of farms around the world from which raw material is sourced for products. It also provides special presentations for students on site, and offers digital guides for career development and enhancement for Youth.