Hochdorf to expand production facilities over next two years

Hochdorf to expand production facilities over next two years

Swiss dairy and infant nutrition group Hochdorf has confirmed plans to invest CHF90m (US$88.5m) in a major expansion of its site in the town of Sulgen for the production of "premium baby food".

Hochdorf said the investment will cover the cost of building new storage and production facilities at the site, in the canton of Thurgau, over the next two years. The project will include the creation of a new bottling line and an additional spray tower.

The Lucerne-based company said around CHF54m will be spent on facilities and infrastructure. The project is expected to create an extra 80 jobs at the expanded Sulgen site, which is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018.

More than 1m kg of milk per day is processed at the Sulgen plant, Hochdorf said. The expanded facility will have the capacity to process more than 100 tonnes of infant formula per day and fill around 250,000 400g containers every 24 hours.

In October, Hochdorf signed a contract to acquire a controlling stake in African infant formula manufacturer Pharmalys Laboratories. Hochdorf said the deal marked "a big step towards greater proximity to consumers in the infant care sector".