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Avenches inauguration: a milestone in Nespresso success

Go back to list Paudex, SWITZERLAND, Jun 10, 2009

Nestlé Nespresso today inaugurated its new Production and Distribution Centre in Avenches, Switzerland. The state of the art, CHF 300 Million facility brings together key elements of what has driven Nespresso’s success to date – highest quality, innovation and a passion for excellence – and places them at the heart of Nespresso’s future growth.

“Quality is fundamental to our continued success – our new Production and Distribution Centre brings quality and capacity to support our growth. Avenches provides the physical and technological resources together with leading expertise to manage – and further improve quality, at every step of the value chain, from cherry to cup, said Mr Richard Girardot, CEO of Nespresso.”

“The new Nespresso Production and Distribution Centre will function as a Coffee Centre of Excellence, by bringing together both the sensory expertise and operational processes at the highest possible level of quality to deliver the Nespresso ultimate coffee experience that consumers the world over enjoy and expect,” he said.

The new facility of 400,000 m3 is dedicated to the production and distribution of 4.8 billion Nespresso capsules, with a potential to double this capacity within the next two years. The site will generate 340 full-time jobs by the end of this year. This number will increase to up to 600 employees by the end of 2012. Nespresso will export to 50 markets from the Centre.

At the Inauguration Ceremony, Mr Girardot, accompanied by Petraea Heynike, Executive Vice President of Nestlé S.A. and Chairman of Nestlé Nespresso, hosted the Swiss Economic Affairs Minister Doris Leuthard and Jean-Claude Mermoud, Minister of Economic Affairs of the Canton de Vaud.

Built and operational in just 18 months, the Production and Distribution Centre in Avenches represents the passion for continuous innovation that are the hallmarks of Nespresso as a company. Incorporating leading technology, modern architectural design and the practical inclusion of sustainability principles such as rainwater collection for utility water and local community heat exchange, the Avenches Production and Distribution Centre illustrates the Nestlé Nespresso corporate philosophy of creating shared value.

Contact information:
H.-Joachim Richter
Director, Corporate Communications
Nestlé Nespresso SA
Phone: + 41 21 796 96 20 

About Nestlé Nespresso SA
Nestlé Nespresso SA, the worldwide pioneer and market leader in highest-quality premium portioned coffee, introduces consumers to the world’s finest Grands Crus coffee to be enjoyed in the comfort of their own homes and savoured outside the home, in locations such as gourmet restaurants, upscale hotels, luxury outlets and offices. Nespresso’s offer focuses on its unique Nespresso Trilogy, the unmatched combination of exceptional coffee, smart and stylish coffee machines and personalized customer service. Together, these three elements deliver moments of pure indulgence - the Nespresso Ultimate Coffee Experience. Headquartered in Paudex, Switzerland with more than 3,900 employees, Nestlé Nespresso S.A. sells products in more than 50 countries directly to its customers and at the end of 2008 operated a global retail network of more than 157 exclusive boutiques in key cities around the world. For a third year, it was named the fastest growing brand within the Nestlé Group and one of its "billionaire brands", achieving in 2008 revenue surpassing CHF 2 billion for the first time and maintaining average annual growth of more than 30 percent since 2000.