The new facility will be Nestle’s 11th production facility in Russia

The new facility will be Nestle’s 11th production facility in Russia

Swiss food giant Nestle has opened a CHF73m (US$80.7m) facility in Russia for its Maggi range of products.

The plant, located in Vladimir, to the east of Moscow, will produce around 30,000 tonnes of Maggi products including seasonings, sauces, instant soups, bouillons and purees each year. The facility will serve Russia, as well as other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Nestle said.

The Russia facility is the latest in a series of investments made by Nestle in Europe over the last few years, including its biggest ever investment in the continent of EUR220m in its Nescafé Dolce Gusto site in Germany.

"Nestlé has confirmed its long-term commitment to Russia and its consumers by continuing to invest in the development of its production capacities, and introducing advanced technologies in its food production," said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé's head of zone Europe.

The new facility will be Nestle's 11th production facility in Russia. Other products manufactured by the company in the country include ice cream and confectionery.

The move follows a pledge by Nestle to achieve zero waste in all of its 150 European factories by 2020. The sustainability pledge was made at a European Policy Centre event on food sustainability in Brussels last week and will involve no factory waste going to landfill or being incinerated without energy being recovered from the process.

"We already have over 25 factories in Europe that do not dispose of waste into the environment," said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé executive VP and zone director for Europe.

"By relentlessly eliminating all sources of waste, or by recycling or recovering energy from unavoidable residues, I am convinced we can achieve the same for all our European operations."