(Reprinted from April 5, 2010 article by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat from Manila Bulletin Online
Nestlé Philippines (Inc.) has inaugurated its P700-million new ice cream and chilled dairy factory in Pulilan, Bulacan in a major initiative to beef up its production capabilities to serve local market demand with worldclass quality products appealing to the Filipino taste.
NPI chair and CEO John Miller said that the company’s investments in Pulilan and elsewhere in the country are made with a long-term view.
Miller said that as the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company Nestle is committed to continuously innovating and renovating its products, making them affordable and available wherever, whenever and however, and by communicating their nutritional benefits.
“Through all these, we hope to be able to help make a positive difference in the lives of our consumers as we stay true to our mission of nurturing generations of Filipino families. We look forward to a successful partnership with the town of Pulilan as we work together for the realization of this mission,” Miller said.
The 4.5 hectare state-of-the-art facility in Barangay Tibag, Pulilan was completed in a record 14 months.
Nestlé Ice Cream Factory Head Val Dizon said that the speedy completion of the factory was an organizational feat, considering that while construction was ongoing, production at the old Aurora factory continued, inventories of stocks had to be built up, and 220 personnel were transferred to the new site.
Dizon added that the goal for the new factory is to make it the benchmark facility for delivering world-class performance in the production of Ice Cream and Chilled Dairy.
NPI Technical Director Campo Van Beek cited the local government leaders and the residents of Barangay Tibag for their support, which made possible the quick completion and start-up of the factory.
He said that in operating the new factory, Nestlé would be guided by its global aim to Create Shared Value for all stakeholders.