Nestle first plant-based manufacturing facility launched

(From left) Amirudin, Syed Anwar, Sultan Sharafuddin and Juan at the launching ceremony.

SHAH ALAM: Nestlé Malaysia has launched the first Plant-Based Meal Solutions manufacturing facility in the Asean region, and one of only two in Asia, today (Apr 7).

The new facility would meet the growing demand for plant-based foods, domestically and internationally.

The company said that it has invested RM150 million in this facility, making it the largest contributor to the RM280 million capital expenditure planned for 2020 — the highest in the last six years.

“We have chosen Selangor, Malaysia as the location for this new manufacturing hub, as we find the right infrastructure, trade links and access to talent and capabilities here.

“We are confident that with this new facility, we will be able to capture the exciting growth opportunity for plant-based products in this region,” said Nestle S A vice president and chief executive officer (CEO) for Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa Chris Johnson.

Nestle Malaysia CEO Juan Aranols said the production site in Shah Alam will allow us to supply locally-produced, high-quality, great-tasting and Halal certified plant-based meals.

“In the same way as it is happening in other parts of the world, Malaysians are becoming interested in exploring alternatives to meat consumption, either because of health reasons or for environmental considerations,” said Juan.

He added that compared to the equivalent meat-based products, these plant-based solutions are also more sustainable as they have a much lower carbon footprint and they require less use of natural resources such as water or land.

Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah officiated at the launch today (Apr 7).

The new production site, which has a build-up area of approximately 6,000sqm and is fitted with the latest food processing equipment and highly automated packaging lines, is located within Nestlé’s existing Shah Alam Industrial Complex in Selangor. It has an annual production capacity of 8,000 tonnes and is located within Nestlé’s existing Shah Alam Industrial Complex.

Also present at the event were Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Tengku Puan Panglima Perlis Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari and chairman of Nestlé Malaysia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Syed Anwar Jamalullail.