Nestle building beverage plant in Malaysia

by Eric Schroeder
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VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestle S.A. is investing approximately 47 million Swiss francs ($48.7 million) to build a new facility in Malaysia to meet growing demand for its ready-to-drink beverages such as Nescafe, Milo and Nestle Low Fat Milk.

The plant, which will be located in the city of Shah Alam, will create 160 new jobs when fully operational in 2014, Nestle said.

“Wherever Nestle operates in the world, we invest for the long term,” said Jose Lopez, executive vice-president and head of operations at Nestle. “We have been present in Malaysia for more than 100 years and we have confidence in the strength of the Malaysian market. We are committed to supplying our consumers here with a range of tastier and healthier products to suit their needs and preferences.”

Nestle said the new facility will have several sustainable design features, including a rain water recovery system to reduce water use and ultra-high-temperature processing with built-in heat recovery to reduce energy consumption.

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