Nestlé S.A. CEO, Paul Bulcke and Nestlé Waters CEO, John J Harris with Environment Minister Lord de Mauley will officially open the new £35 million state-of-the-art factory at Waterswallows in Buxton today.
The new factory, one of Europe’s most innovative and efficient bottling facilities combines for the first time the bottling facility with warehouse capability.The new production lines have enabled Nestlé Waters to significantly reduce its total energy output, as well as reduce the packaging used in its bottles of Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Nestlé Pure Life Spring Water by an average of 25% across the range, making them one of the lightest bottles in the UK.
As part of the official opening it was announced that the factory has achieved an ‘excellent’ grading in its BREEAM Certification. This certification takes into consideration the site’s energy and water use as well as its transport infrastructure and its ecology.
Today’s announcement marks another milestone in the multi-million pound investment journey Nestlé has undertaken in the UK to establish its next generation of world class manufacturing facilities. Last year Nestlé committed to invest a further £500m over the next three years.
Paul Bulcke underlined the importance of innovation and the role of the bottled water business for the Nestlé group: “The Buxton factory is an excellent example of how we continue to invest in Europe despite tough economic conditions. This factory will contribute to accelerate the development of our bottled water activities and illustrates our capacity for innovation in production facilities via an approach which combines strong and sustainable production efficiency with outstanding environmental performances.”
John J. Harris addressed the challenges facing the industry and recognised the essential role of bottled water in healthy hydration. He highlighted the opportunity of opening a new plant in the U.K.: “We are committed to ensuring our social responsibility throughout the value chain for each product we deliver to our consumers, starting with protecting the environment. The long history that links Nestlé Waters to Buxton, commits us to being a responsible company in this community, as in our factories all around the world. Thanks to Nestlé Waters teams and thanks to an active partnership with local communities, I am also proud to announce today that the factory has not only achieved an ‘excellent’ rating within the BREEAM environmental certification scheme but is now certified “zero waste to landfill.”
Lord de Mauley said: "I'm delighted to be opening Nestlé's new £35m bottling and warehouse factory today. It's a world class example of innovation and efficiency. Investments like this in our food and drink industry help generate economic growth and create more jobs. This investment will ensure Buxton remains the home of Nestlé Waters' bottling facilities long into the future, which is good news for the local community, the economy and the environment."