King Willem-Alexander Officially Opens New Nestlé Factory in Holland
Unique production of allergy free baby food
On 28 March, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the innovative new Nestlé factory in Nunspeet – the only location in the world that produces formula for babies with a cow’s milk protein allergy. Switzerland-based Nestlé has invested almost 100 million euros in the new science-based production line. The festive opening also marked Nestlé’s 150-year presence and tradition of food innovation in Holland.
Nestlé currently employs some 1,100 people in both the Nunspeet factory and its Dutch head office in Amstelveen.
Contributing to infant nutrition
The new hypoallergenic baby food was developed for Nestlé Health Science in the Nestlé Product Technology Center for infants with a protein intolerance. Food allergies are on the increase, with a strong rise particularly over the last ten years. In some industrialized countries, up to ten percent of infants have some kind of food intolerance. In addition to the newest baby formula, Nestlé produces serval other baby food brands at its Dutch factory.
150 years of food innovation in the Netherlands
The Nunspeet factory goes back to 1895, when the company produced milk in bottles and cans. The first baby food in Nunspeet was produced in 1974 and over the years the site has been gradually transformed into a modern factory specializing in the production of high-quality baby food. Today, around 400 employees work in the Nestlé factory every day to manufacture products that are exported to around 140 markets worldwide.
As the world’s largest food company, Nestlé produces more than 2,000 brands including Nescafé, Nespresso and KitKat. Today Nestlé business spans beverages, dairy, confectionery, pet care, and skincare. In 2011, the company extended its leadership in Nutrition, Health and Wellness by creating Nestlé Health Science, to develop nutritional healthcare products that help address issues such as optimal brain health, or healthy aging. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Switzerland.
Source: Nestlé Nederland (link to Dutch press release)