Nestle to create 300 new jobs

 

Global food giant Nestle has announced plans to expand production facilities at one of its UK plants, creating around 300 jobs.

The announcement of the investment at Nestle's coffee production site in Tutbury, near Burton-upon-Trent, was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron as "excellent news" for Britain's manufacturing sector.

Nestle said 300 new roles would be created at the South Derbyshire factory by 2013 as it ramps up production of pods for its Nescafe Dolce Gusto range.

The £110 million investment at Tutbury will see an extension created to house 12 new high-speed production lines making coffee pods for sale in the UK and export to around 38 other countries.

The expansion of the existing Dolce Gusto plant will take the factory's total workforce to around 800 by 2013 and treble its current capacity.

Of the 300 new employees, some will become part of the first intake into the new Nestle Academy, which aims to double the number of apprenticeships offered by the company.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Cameron said it would benefit both skilled workers and those leaving school, who would be able to train in the workplace.

He added: "This new investment by Nestle and the jobs it will create is brilliant news for UK manufacturing and for the local community.

"This demonstrates what can be achieved by investing in capacity and people, as Nestle has done consistently over recent years.

"Manufacturing is crucial to the new economy we are building - an economy where we're making and selling the products the world wants to buy."

Paul Grimwood, chairman and chief executive of Nestle UK and Ireland, said: "In order to grow we need to innovate and we are committed to the continued modernisation of our UK manufacturing capability.

"Over the past five years we have undertaken a multimillion- pound investment programme in the UK. Recruiting the best people for our business is the key to our continued success."

PA

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