Swiss food and drink giant Nestlé has opened a factory in Dubai that will be used to produce Nescafé coffee and Maggi cooking aids for the regional market.

Employing 340 people at full capacity, the facility also forms part of the company’s strategy for zero environmental impact through operations by 2020. It is doing this by recycling 100 per cent of waste from products and raw materials, reaching zero waste to landfill in that area and helping fulfill the company’s commitment to send zero waste for disposal.

Nestlé also claims that the facility will be saving energy with 100 per cent LED lighting and insulation technology that reduces the need for air-conditioning. There are also water saving mechanisms in place and plans to install a solar power generation.

Marco Settembri, Nestlé’s executive vice president, said: “The factory underlined Nestlé’s commitment to the people of the Middle East and the company’s confidence in Dubai and the UAE as a business hub.”