CAMEROON – Nestle Cameroon has opened a new 5,500 tons per year capacity milk production unit for its ‘Nido’ powdered milk products at its processing facility in Douala, Cameroon.

The US$5.04 million investment means to create 12 additional jobs at its Douala-Bonabéri plant and has the potential to create 48 new jobs in the coming years, according to FoodBev.

Equipped with modern technology, the unit adopts the highest quality and food safety standards in the production of Nido Forti Choco in addition to Nido powdered milk manufactured at the site.

With the expansion, Nestle is targeting both the local and export markets of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) countries.

Nido Forti Choco was launched in Cameroon in 2016, made from a combination of ingredients such as milk powder, cocoa, sugar and is enriched with iron, zinc and calcium.

“Nestlé has been improving the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future for the Cameroonian population for more than 50 years.

As evidenced by this investment, we believe in the socio-economic development of the country and we want to continue to be a key partner in the growth of the local agro-industry,” said Thomas Caso, Country Manager of Nestlé Cameroon.

He added that the company continues to explore possibilities of increasing local production and local sourcing of raw materials and packaging materials by collaborating with its partners and the relevant authorities.

Nestle entered Cameroon in 1965, started production in 1981 and directly employs 450 people.

Nestle said the construction of this production plant is part of a US$18.7 million investment announced in 2016 and since 2010; it has invested about US$37.4 million in Cameroon.

Commenting on the inauguration, Cameroon’s Minister of Mines and Industry, Ernest Gbwaboubou, said the new plant benefited from the incentives provided by the law of April 2013 on private investment incentives in Cameroon.

According to this law, companies either being established or already producing are granted tax and customs exemption for 5 to 10 years.