Nescafé Dolce Gusto invests CHF 64 million to double coffee capsule production

Mar 25, 2011
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Nestlé will double production of Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee capsules with a CHF 64 million investment in a new international production line in Spain, creating 150 new jobs.

The new line will form part of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site at the Company’s Nescafé factory in Girona, near Barcelona – the largest Nescafé factory in Europe.

It will increase production to more than 2.5 billion coffee capsules a year by 2012 for export to more than 20 European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Nestlé made the announcement at the official inauguration of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site, which already produces around three million coffee capsules a day.

Crown Prince of Spain Felipe de Borbón and the Princess of Spain Letizia Ortiz ROYAL VISIT: The Crown Prince of Spain Felipe de Borbón and the Princess of Spain Letizia Ortiz attended the opening ceremony in Girona, Spain.

Crown Prince Felipe of Spain attended the opening ceremony, which was led by José Lopez, Nestlé Executive Vice President of Operations and GLOBE, and Bernard Meunier, Head of Nestlé Spain.

Mr Lopez said: “I am delighted to officially open the Nescafé Dolce Gusto site at our Nescafé factory in Girona; an investment which reflects our long-term commitment to Spain.

“We have chosen the site as the location for the new Nescafé Dolce Gusto international production line, as over time it has demonstrated its capabilities as one of our most competitive factories in the world, thanks to its highly qualified and committed staff.”

The CHF 192 million Nescafé Dolce Gusto site, built in 2008 at Nestlé’s existing Nescafé factory in Girona, has achieved record levels of production since operations began last year.

It will employ a total of 400 staff by 2012 as production expands to meet growing consumer demand for the Nescafé Dolce Gusto ‘coffee-shop-at-home’ system around the world.

It is the first factory in Spain to meet environmental sustainability requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Spanish lady buying a Dolce Gusto machine COFFEE - HOWEVER YOU LIKE IT: The Nescafé Dolce Gusto system is a fun, convenient way to make great tasting coffee at home. No mess, no fuss - just great coffee.

A second Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee capsule factory, located in Tutbury in the United Kingdom, is already running at full capacity.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto
The Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine system, which can make both hot and cold drinks, offers 16 varieties of coffee capsules including Cappuccino, Macchiato, Chococino, Cappuccino Ice, Espresso, Lungo and Classico Decaffeinato.  Nesquik and Nestea capsules are also compatible with the machines.

First launched in Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2006, Nescafé Dolce Gusto was introduced to Spain in 2007. It is now available in 39 countries, with an annual turnover of CHF 450 million.

Related information:
Nescafé Dolce Gusto TV advert
Nestlé Spain
Nescafé Dolce Gusto
Brands: Nescafé Dolce Gusto
Images from the event: Flickr photostream
Nestlé Spain press release - in Spanish: Nestlé inaugura la planta de Nescafé Dolce Gusto en Girona y anuncia nuevas inversiones (pdf, 40 Kb)