Construction has begun on Nespresso’s CHF 160 million (about US$178 million) Romont production centre expansion in Switzerland, with the first stone laid in the second production hall.
Nespresso is expanding in response to increasing demand, intended to support long-term international development.
“I am delighted that the first stone of our new production hall in Romont has been laid. This foundation illustrates our Swiss and regional roots and symbolises the continued success of Nespresso,” says Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso.
“It is a story that began in 1986, and it is with great joy that we write a new chapter today. All those involved can be proud of this great adventure.”
With this expansion, production capacity will be doubled to 10 lines that will all be dedicated to the Nespresso’s automatic coffee capsule machines, the Vertuo and the Nespresso Professional coffee ranges.
This expansion will create 300 new jobs by 2030 with recruitment for the site already underway. It is estimated that more than 100 workers will be hired by the end of 2021 with the first production lines expected to be operational by June 2022.
Oliver Curty, State Councillor and Vice- President of the Switzerland Government says that this expansion is strong signal of Nespresso’s confidence in the region.
“I would like to congratulate Nespresso for the efforts that the company has put in place, barely six years after the construction of the first building,” says Curty. “It’s excellent news for the continuation of our partnership in the years to come.”
The original Romont factory was opened in 2015 and is the main production centre for Nespresso’s Vertuo coffee capsule, pods, and automatic machines that are sold in 24 countries.
Nespresso has slowly been expanding its Romont centre with four new production lines, a Product Development Centre and a Coffee Campus being added in 2018.
With all Nespresso coffees being produced in Switzerland, Nespresso has already invested CHF 700 million (about US$778 million) into three more swiss-based production centres since 2010, training more than 1300 factory workers over this time.
Each Nespresso production centre boosts a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy with minimal heat and water waste. In the current Romont facility, heat from coffee roasters is recovered and used to pre-heat green coffee within the factory. Excess heat is then distributed to the local community.
The Romont production centre was also the first factory in Switzerland, and the first production facility within Switzerland for parent brand Nestlé, to achieve the LEED Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in 2015.
This certification will be applied to the extension of the facility and covers energy and water efficiency practices and prioritises employee’s workplace health and wellbeing.
Nespresso is an automatic machine manufacturer and producer of coffee capsules and pods created by nutrition, health and wellness company Nestlé.
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