EGYPT – Swiss multinational food and beverage giant, Nestlé, has revealed its plans to add four new production lines to its existing facilities in Egypt.

In the set plan, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Egypt and Sudan, Tarek Kamel, said three lines would be for food products, and the fourth would be for dairy products, adding that the first food production line will start operations in December this year.

Kamel said Nestlé currently has three factories in Egypt – two in the Sixth of October City and one in Banha City – incorporating 65 production lines in 10 segments.

He added that Nestlé is gradually localizing the sourcing of raw materials to reduce imports, pointing out that the company has succeeded in completely localizing 16 inputs.

The investment in the new production lines is projected to enhance Nestlé’s production capacity in Egypt by a substantial margin.

This move will not only help the company meet the growing demand within the country but will also position Egypt as a potential export hub for Nestlé products to other markets in the region.

Kamel explained that Nestlé currently exports its products to 22 countries in the MENA, Africa, Europe, South America, and North America, and the company has set an ambitious target of doubling its exports in 2024.

Nestlé has a long history of operating in Egypt, and this expansion underscores the company’s commitment to the Egyptian market’s potential.

The company has maintained a strong rapport with Egyptian consumers by delivering high-quality products that cater to local tastes and preferences.

With the addition of these four production lines, the company is poised to continue its journey of delivering innovative and sustainable products to consumers across Egypt and the broader MENA region.

Mahira Hassan, Head of the Institutional Relations and Sustainability Sector in Nestlé Egypt, stated that the company is committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity in its operations by 2026.

In 2023, the company hopes to procure up to 30 percent of the electricity required for its Egyptian operations from renewable energy, especially solar power.

According to Hassan, the company is also working on a project to reduce the use of plastic packaging materials and support recycling.

Nestlé’s global commitment includes investing a total of US$2 billion to develop sustainable packaging solutions for food-grade recycled plastic; in addition to its commitment to increase the usage of rPET in packaging materials by 50% worldwide by 2025.

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