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August 6, 2020

Nespresso Invests CHF 160 Million in the Expansion of its Romont Production Center in Switzerland to meet Growing Consumer Demand Worldwide.

300 new jobs created over the next ten years in a world-class ‘sustainable by design’ production center.



Photo: Nespresso farmer in Columbia. Image Credit: Nespresso.


Photo: Nespresso Vertuo coffee capsules. Image Credit: Nespresso.


Photo: Nespresso Romont production center in Switzerland. Image Credit: Nespresso.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 4, 2020 — Nespresso has announced a CHF 160 million investment to expand its Romont production center in Switzerland to meet increasing consumer demand for its high-quality premium coffees and support international development in the coming years.

“Despite the challenging times we have all been living in, this strategic long term investment reconfirms Nespresso’s continuous business success and leadership in the portioned coffee segment, which we pioneered back in 1986,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso. “It also demonstrates our continued commitment to our Swiss roots and the long-term economic development of the region and the country, with which we share values of quality, innovation, and expertise.”

“These are the kind of announcements that feel good in times of crisis. Nespresso confirms that large international groups can produce competitively in our region. It’s also an investment that strengthens our region in the bio-economy field with which I’m very pleased,” said Olivier Curty, State Councillor and Director of Economic Affairs and Employment at the Canton of Fribourg.

The Romont factory, inaugurated in 2015, is the center of excellence for the production of Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees now available in 21 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Vertuo is a versatile system that makes freshly brewed coffee in 5 different cup sizes using the innovative Centrifusion technology that recognizes the bar code on the capsule and adjusts the amount of water, speed of extraction, and temperature to deliver a perfect cup of coffee.

Switzerland produces all Nespresso coffees distributed worldwide. Over the past ten years, in addition to ongoing investment in its business, Nespresso has invested CHF 700 million in its three Swiss-based production centers in the cantons of Vaud and Fribourg. The know-how and passion of more than 1,000 skilled factory employees transform sustainably grown coffee beans into the highest quality coffees.

“Thanks to Nespresso, Romont has become a reference for coffee. This new investment is a gift for an entire region and the pursuit of an extraordinary adventure. It is up to us, political leaders, to ensure that everyone finds their place in healthy and sustainable development. With our small and medium-sized businesses and companies like Nespresso, if the “Little Prince” were Glânois, he would undoubtedly say, “I have always loved this region. We sit on the hill, close our eyes, drink our coffee, guess the flavors, and something shines in silence,” said Willy Schorderet, Préfet de la Glâne.

Good news for our municipality as we see that the objectives Nespresso gave us at the beginning of the project have been achieved. Romont will be able to position itself as a city of international influence and excellence. Romont, the expert city for Glass and Coffee, here is a slogan we could use to promote our city,” said Jean-Denis Cornu, Vice-syndic for the town of Romont.

Over the past ten years, Nestlé has invested, on average, CHF 300 million every year in its infrastructures and operations in Switzerland. Firmly rooted in its home country, Nestlé has 11 production centers and 4 Research & Development sites located in Switzerland.

While investing in supporting its operations, Nespresso is also committed to its sustainability ambition, that every cup of Nespresso coffee has a positive impact on the world. All three Nespresso production centers are ‘zero waste to landfill.’ Production processes are optimized to ensure that heat and water are recovered and reused whenever possible. In the existing facility in Romont, the heat from the coffee roasters is recovered and used to pre-heat the green coffee and the factory itself.

Romont was the first production center in Switzerland, and thus the first factory for Nestlé in Switzerland as well, to achieve the LEED® Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in 2015.

This certification covers the energy and water-efficiency of an industrial building. It also weighs aspects such as employees’ health and well-being at the workplace and infrastructure for environmentally-friendly mobility. Some examples of the various initiatives carried out by Nespresso to meet the LEED® requirements include the use of 20% recycled construction materials and an 18% decrease in the site’s energy consumption, thanks to heat recovery from the roasters, triple glazing, and the use of LED lighting. The LEED® certification extends Nespresso’s sustainability commitments and forms part of its global sustainability strategy, The Positive Cup.

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for the highest-quality portioned coffee. The company works with more than 110,000 farmers in 14 countries through its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to embed sustainability practices on farms and the surrounding landscapes. Launched in 2003 in collaboration with the NGO The Rainforest Alliance, the program improves the yield and quality of harvests while protecting the environment and improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities.

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 84 countries and has 14,250 employees. In 2019, it ran a global retail network of 810 boutiques. The brand currently has more than 100’000 points to globally collect its used capsules, enabling 91% of its consumers to recycle.

Source: Nespresso



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