Nestlé Nespresso Production Facility, Romont, Switzerland
Beverage giant Nestlé will open a new Nespresso production facility at Romont, a town in Fribourg, Switzerland. The facility will produce Nestlé's Nespresso product range. Nespresso is a premium portioned coffee brand that is exported globally.
The Romont facility will be the third production centre in Switzerland. Nestlé owns two other production and distribution centres in Switzerland, at Avenches and Orbe respectively.
Nestlé announced plans to construct the new production centre in May 2012. Construction started in April 2013 and is expected to be completed by the first half of 2015.
The company will initially invest CHF 300m ($316m) in the plant and an additional CHF 200m ($210m) on the expansion later.
The facility is expected to create 400 jobs during construction. It is expected to create 200 direct jobs in 2015 and another 400 in 2016, when completed.
The new centre will provide a sustainable and global market for the Nespresso products. The products will be exported to meet the growing overseas consumer demand.
Details of Nestlé's Nespresso production centre in Romont
The new Nestlé coffee factory in Romont will have a surface area of about 21,000m² (226,042ft² ). It is designed by Aubert Architectes, and is being developed with the collaboration of Nestlé Nespresso, and the state departments of the Fribourg and the city of Romont.
The plant will feature a number of coffee production lines and roasting spaces. It will also have silos to store green coffee and roasted coffee, an unloading area for coffee packaging products and a shipping centre for Nespresso products.
The facility will also feature laboratories to conduct technical experiments.
The raw materials and products will be transported by rail. A new railway line will be constructed to connect the plant with the Berne-Fribourg-Lausanne railway line.
Processing at the Swiss Nespresso production facility
The coffee beans will be collected, composited and cleaned in the first stage of processing. The beans will be further blended and roasted to make various coffee products, such as Nespresso Grands Crus.
Sustainability features of Nestlé's facility in Romont
The facility will be designed based on the LEED standards. It will use coffee roasting technology for coffee production. The technology will produce renewable energy, which will further be used to heat up the building.
The design, construction and operations of the facility will follow the sustainability framework of Nestle, which is known as Nespresso Ecolaboration.
The facility will use sustainable steps, such as waste sorting and product recycling, to increase the efficiency and productivity.
The plant will be able to produce high quality sustainable coffee with an increased capsule collection recycling capacity and reduced carbon emissions.
Construction of the Nestlé's Swiss centre
The site preparation works for the production centre were started in November 2012. The works included girdling of security fencing, installation of electrical supply and excavation works for the construction of a railway track. Construction started in April 2013 and is expected to be completed by early 2015.
Marketing commentary for Nestlé's Nespresso brand
Nestlé Nespresso, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a key producer of coffee products worldwide. It operates in more than 60 countries and employs about 8,000 people. It generated sales of more than CHF 3bn ($3.1bn) and achieved a growth of about 20% in 2012.
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