Nestlé to invest $17 million in Australian plant

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 26th October 2010

Nestlé productsSwiss-based global food giant, Nestlé, has announced plans to invest $17 million in the expansion of its Tongala production plant in north-east Victoria into a food manufacturing hub for Oceania, Asia and Africa.

Victorian Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan welcomed Nestle Australia’s investment.

“Nestle is rapidly growing its nutritional food business in areas such as health care nutrition, performance nutrition and infant nutrition,” she said.

“Tongala, near Echuca, is ideally located close to food production areas, major national and international transport links, and a ready workforce. With this in mind, Nestle has taken hold of a great opportunity to expand its factory at Tongala.”

“It will become the Australian hub for nutritional food production in the Asia Oceania Africa region.”

The food and beverage conglomerate has had a presence in Australia for more than hundred years. In 1999, Nestlé Australia’s head office became headquarters for the Oceania Region, which includes Nestlé operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Nestlé SA is the world’s biggest food company in terms of sales, and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of baby food. Well-known Nestlé brands include Uncle Toby’s, Peter’s Ice Cream, Kit Kat, Maggi, Nescafé, Milo and Purina.