Food giant’s investment to create 75 new jobs in PNG

16/03/2014

Nestlé Australia’s first stage of a A$9.5 million (K21.6 million) expansion at its factory in Papua New Guinea, which was unveiled recently, is tipped to create an 75 additional jobs.<!--more-->

The project includes new state-of-the-art production equipment at the company’s factory in Lae that will meet increasing local demand for its products, particularly Maggi noodles and Maggi bouillon. The company has been operating in PNG for more than three decades and sources raw materials locally, particularly for its coffee products.

Nandu Nandkishore, Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A. and Zone Director for Oceania, Africa, Asia and the Middle East said this new investment signalled a long-standing commitment to the country. “We support the PNG economy by sourcing a substantial amount of raw materials locally as well as implementing agricultural programs to support, encourage and train local farmers, particularly in the growing of coffee for our Nescafé Plan.”

Nestlé Pacific Islands Country Manager, Mr Eugene David, said the investment would create a platform for innovation. “Nestlé PNG already produces a range of nutritious fortified products specifically tailored to the needs of Papua New Guineans and this investment will allow us to increase our offering,” Mr David said.

The installation of the new equipment, sourced largely from Europe, is expected to see an increase of 30 per cent in production. The last major upgrade at the factory was 14 years ago when the outgoing noodle line was installed.