Nestlé USA has announced a US$675 million investment to build a new beverage facility in Glendale, Arizona. As the current leader in the creamer and flavoured milk categories, the company’s investment strengthens its market position and enhances its manufacturing capabilities to meet increased consumer demand for its products.

The factory will produce high-quality creamers for Nestlé’s category-leading portfolio, including the Coffee mate, Coffee mate natural bliss, and Starbucks brands, with the ability to expand to additional beverages in the future.

“Beverages play an increasingly important role in the lives of consumers, a trend that’s been accelerated by the pandemic and is expected to continue to grow. This investment illustrates our continued commitment to leading and growing categories where we play, providing consumers with a variety of high-quality, innovative products to meet their needs,” said Daniel Jhung, president of beverage, Nestlé USA. “We appreciate the partnership from state and local officials and look forward to contributing to the local economy and Glendale community for many years to come, including through the creation of over 350 jobs.”

Arizona provides an ideal environment for Nestlé’s operations, offering close proximity to customers and consumers in the western US, reducing transport timelines and emissions.

“Nestlé selecting Arizona is great news,” said governor Doug Ducey. “Manufacturing in our state is surging and Nestlé’s decision adds to this momentum, as well as bringing diversification to this fast-growing sector of our economy.”

Over the past two years, Nestlé in the US has invested nearly US$3 billion to enhance its manufacturing footprint and in-house capabilities – from new factories and expansions to operational changes that help meet its sustainability targets. The new Glendale facility is set to open in 2024, joining Nestlé USA’s robust network of 14 existing food and beverage factories across the US.

“We are honoured to welcome the largest food and beverage company to Glendale’s New Frontier,” said Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers. “Their commitment to long-term positive impact aligns directly with the city’s vision and we look forward to having them join our community. The significant impact of their fiscal investment and the jobs created will be seen for years to come.”

This facility will be designed with sustainability at the forefront including: a water recycling process to reduce water usage, zero waste to landfill and fully recyclable product packaging made from food-safe recycled plastic. Also, in support of the company’s ambition for zero environmental impact in its operations by 2030, the facility will strive for 100% renewable energy by 2025.

The company will bring more than 350 jobs to the community – hiring for professional staff, manufacturing and production leaders, technical staff, engineers and more.