Nestlé has opened a new manufacturing plant in the Philippines following a PHP2.8bn (US$54.1m) investment.

Located in the city of Tanauan in Batangas province, the 15,000 sq m factory will produce the Chuckie brand of chocolate UHT milk drinks for children, and by the middle of the year will start making Nestlé’s All Purpose Cream.

Kais Marzouki, the chief executive and chairman of Nestlé in the Philippines, said the company has invested PHP13.7bn in the country over the past five years encompassing the so-called RTD plant at Tanauan, as well as three others in Cabuyao, Cagayan de Oro and Lipa.  

The RTD facility will employ 80 people, taking the total headcount at the entire Tanauan factory complex to 346. All in all, Nestlé employs some 3,700 people in the Philippines.

Marzouki said: “Our investments demonstrate our faith in the Philippines over the long term and express our commitment to participate in economic growth and nation-building……..These investments, particularly in our manufacturing capabilities, meet the ever-growing demand for our products in the market….”

Nestlé’s Chuckie milk drinks provide a natural source of calcium and contain nutrients such as iron and zinc. Meanwhile, Nestlé All Purpose Cream – regarded as a consumer favourite among Filipinos – has a range of applications, according to the company, such as its use in desserts, pasta sauces, dips, dressings and soups.