To Press Releases listOct 21, 2014
Nestlé Ghana Ltd. held a short ceremony to officially inaugurate expansion works at the Tema Factory. The inaugural ceremony was performed by His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur.
The Nestlé Group has made a commitment to invest in Africa to build an economically empowered industry.
Nestlé started its operations in Ghana in 1957 with the trade of milk and chocolates. In 1968, it began local manufacturing and today employs 1813 people. Tema factory was inaugurated in 1971, with the production of IDEAL Milk and MILO. The factory has since expanded to produce CARNATION milk, CHOCOLIM, CHOCOMILO, CERELAC and NESCAFÉ 3-in 1. These products are not only produced for Ghana but also exported across Central and West Africa. The company recently launched the MILO 800g format which offers another choice to the consumer.
Over a period of 3 years, Nestlé has invested CHF 38 million (equivalent to 125 million Ghana Cedis) in expansion capacities in the Tema Factory. In 2012, the company invested in a new water treatment plant. .
The Tema factory significantly reduced its water usage from 5.64 cubic meters per tonne of product in 2010 to 3.79 cubic meters per tonne of product in April 2014.
The Company is investing a further CHF1.1 million this year (2014) in a pre-treatment system to further improve the effluent quality and to ensure that at least 30% of the waste water is reused for non-core activities. All of these actions are in line with Nestlé’s commitments to water and environmental sustainability.
According to his Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur ‘’Nestlé is one good example of companies in the manufacturing sector that have made a significant contribution in investing in the economic development of the country, promoting industrialization, creating employment and working with business integrity and compliance. Through its Tema Factory, the company has consistently over the years provided a wide range of healthy food options to the Ghanaian consumer. Through the expansion of this factory facility, larger capacity for raw materials and for labour would help to create shared value for both the company and for society,’’.
Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the Minister of Environment, Science & Technology, the Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, the president of the Ghana Employers Association, the CEO of AGI, and other players in industry including the Media.
Through research and development Nestlé has fortified its CERELAC® and MAGGI® products with iron, to help address the issue of micronutrient deficiency which is prevalent in our sub-region. This is one example of the company’s Creating Shared Value approach.
Nestlé also manufactures through the local sourcing of grains. Through the Nestlé Grains Quality Improvement Project, farmers are trained on best farming methods to increase their yield for higher income and to also provide good quality grain for home consumption thereby reducing the incidence of microtoxins in the grains due to bad farming practices.
Nestlé continues to assure the general public of its commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness and of its commitment in promoting local industry and manufacturing in Ghana without compromising on safety, compliance and consumer satisfaction.