Nestlé has unveiled plans to consolidate its coffee manufacturing operations in the UK with the closure of its factory in Middlesex at the cost of 230 jobs and the expansion of its Nescafé site in Derbyshire.
By Jonathan Sibun
5:51PM GMT 16 Jan 2012
The Swiss company, which announced in December 2010 that it would shut down its After Eight factory in Yorkshire as part of a shake-up of its confectionery plants, plans a similar rationalisation with its coffee factories.
The group will shut its site in Hayes, Middlesex, but plans to invest £310m in its Nescafé factory in Tutbury, Derbyshire. The group announced a £110m investment in November and on Monday said it would plough a further £200m into the site.
“For the first time in the UK all forms of coffee production including freeze dried, spray dried and pod technology would be brought together,” Nestlé said.
Production at Hayes will transfer to Tutbury, with the Middlesex site closing in 2014. The company said it was “not feasible to redevelop the Hayes site to create the manufacturing facility Nestlé UK needs for the future.”
Some 125 jobs will be created at Tutbury as a result of the transfer, on top of the 300 new jobs announced in November. “We will therefore have alternative jobs to offer our 230 employees in Hayes,” said Paul Grimwood, head of Nestlé in the UK and Ireland. “We hope that as many of our employees as possible will remain with us at Nestlé.”
Mr Grimwood said the changes were part of a £500m investment programme to update manufacturing facilities over the next three years.