Construction has started on Nestlé’s first infant formula plant in Russia with the laying of a foundation stone by company officials and local dignitaries.

The CHF30 million facility will be part of Nestlé’s existing site at Vologda, first started 14 years ago, and it’s said will strengthen its leading position in the Russian infant formula market, and support export to neighbouring countries.

Martial Rolland, chief executive of Nestlé in Russia and Eurasia; Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Governor of the Vologda region; Sergey Voropanov, Acting Mayor of Vologda; Oksana Yakovleva, General manager of the Corporation of Development of Vologda region and Eddy Dauphin, Nestlé baby food factory manager, participated in the ceremony.

Rolland commented: “The factory in Vologda is a strategic plant for Nestlé in Russia and CIS, the only factory producing Nestlé infant formula in the Russia and Eurasia region. This new factory will allow us to strengthen our leading position in the Russian infant formula market by developing our ability to supply both the domestic and the export markets.”

Nestlé said that the factory will be operational by 2019 and will use proven state-of-the-art equipment to meet the highest quality standards. It will also apply Nestlé’s principles on reducing environmental impact, aiming for zero waste.

In the past 20 years, Nestlé Russia has invested around CHF 2 billion into the development of local production. The company operates eight factories in Russia.