Danone proudly announces the official opening of its new €240 million Nutricia Cuijk production facility. The opening ceremony, taking place in the presence of a broad range of stakeholders, including the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, as well as industry and healthcare representatives.
The facility will primarily produce specialised infant formula that meets the needs of infants diagnosed with specific medical conditions such as cow’s milk protein allergy, as well as standard infant formula.
Veronique Penchienati -Bosetta, Executive Vice President, Danone Specialized Nutrition said,“At Danone, we believe the health of people and the planet are interconnected, as expressed through our company vision ‘One Planet. One Health’. Our new Nutricia Cuijk facility is a significant investment towards achieving that vision. At this facility, we’ll be producing food for vulnerable babies; and we’re also doing everything we can to preserve a healthy and clean environment for future generations.”
The new Nutricia Cuijk plant has been built to spec to further support the expansion of Danone’s range of specialised infant formula products specially tailored for babies with specific health needs.
The new plant doubles production capacity, while cutting water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions. The newly-built Nutricia Cuijk facility uses advanced environmental technologies coupled with efficiently-designed manufacturing processes to ensure water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum. Once at full capacity, the new facility will have double the production capacity of the legacy plant. Despite this, the new plant will use 60% less water, 25% less energy and emit 50% less CO2 than the legacy plant. To further minimize the new facility’s carbon footprint, Nutricia Cuijk is powered by 100% renewable electricity. Danone also targets reducing its full scope carbon emissions.
“Producing such highly specialised infant formula; our new facility builds on the scientific heritage of Nutricia, coupled with the latest green technologies. Today’s opening ceremony marks the next chapter for Nutricia Cuijk – here in the Netherlands, and as part of the Danone family,” Ms. Penchienati -Bosetta added.
With the new facility based in the Netherlands, Danone aims to build on the scientific capabilities of Nutricia and expects to benefit from the Netherland’s strong agricultural heritage, expertise in nutritional research and excellent local supply chains.