The world’s largest food and beverage business Nestlé has invested $17 million in a new liquid manufacturing site in Australia’s Tongala factory located in Victoria’s north-east for Nestlé’s Health Sciences business.
The newly constructed manufacturing facility opened yesterday will serve as a manufacturing hub for Oceania, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
The factory will manufacture a range of ready to drink liquid supplements such as Resource, Isosource, Sustagen and tube feeding solutions for people who have been hospitalised and who are unable to consume normal food.
The new investment will create approximately 30 new positions over the next two years.
According to Regional Business Head for Nestlé Health Science in Asia, Oceania and Africa, Paul Bruhn “this significant investment by Nestlé Australia to extend its Tongala factory into a bigger production hub is a huge vote of confidence the company has in the region.”
He went on to say that “Tongala is now world class in its manufacturing capabilities and the transformation of this factory is an exciting venture, with an enormous potential for growth, as we develop and roll out new products specifically for the local and regional markets.”
As a result of expansion, there will be a significant increase in the production capacity, Mathew Oram, factory manager at Nestlé’s Tongala factory stated.
He pointed out that “the factory will be manufacturing 7,000 tonnes of product annually by the end of 2013 giving us the capacity to supply Australia as well as other countries in our region.”