Nestlé USA announced a $675 million investment to build a new beverage facility in Glendale, Ariz. As the current leader in the creamer and flavored milk categories, Nestlé USA said the 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 USA’s portfolio, including the Coffee mate, Coffee mate Natural Bliss and Starbucks brands, with the ability to expand to additional beverages in the future, the company said.
"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,” said Daniel Jhung, president of Beverage, Nestlé USA. “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. 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."
Arlington, Va.-based Nestlé USA said Arizona provides an ideal environment for its operations, offering close proximity to customers and consumers in the western United States, reducing transport timelines and emissions.
Over the past two years, Nestlé USA said it invested almost $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 network of 14 existing food and beverage factories across the United States. The company said it will be its most technologically advanced factory and distribution center, using innovative digital tools and offering flexibility to meet the changes in consumer demand. The factory will be 630,000 square feet and will sit on 143.6 net acres of land in Glendale.
"We are honored 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."
The 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, Nestlé USA said. 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.