Nestlé’s Smithtown plant receives $32 million boost for Milo production

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Nestlé Australia has announced a $32 million investment earmarked for its Smithtown factory in a move highlighting the commitment to local manufacturing.

The factory, well-known for its creation of the beloved chocolate malt drink Milo, has been an integral part of the community for decades, with this fresh injection of funds bringing the total investment in the site to $80 million over the past ten years.

The focus of this investment lies squarely on enhancing the manufacturing capabilities of the Milo line. By introducing cutting-edge technology to the production process, Nestlé aims to bolster both efficiency and output, thus solidifying its position as a leading provider of quality food and beverage products.

James Garley, the factory manager, underscored the significance of this investment, stating, “We’re committed to investing in continuous improvements and upgrades to our Smithtown factory so we can continue to proudly make iconic brands like Milo right here.”

This sentiment reflects Nestlé’s dedication to supporting local communities and economies through sustained investment in manufacturing infrastructure.

The project, slated for completion by the end of 2024, is expected to inject approximately $20 million into the local economy over the next year.

Moreover, it is poised to create nearly 200 jobs during the construction phase, further underlining Nestlé’s role as a vital contributor to regional employment.

“We recognize the importance of preserving the heritage and quality associated with Milo,” Garley stressed.

He continued, “Our team is committed to ensuring that the upgraded facilities maintain the authentic choc-malt crunch that Australians have cherished for generations.”

The Nestlé Smithtown factory, with a rich history spanning over a century, currently employs more than 200 individuals.

In addition to Milo, the facility produces an array of other well-known brands, including Nesquik, Nescafé mixes, and Malted Milk.

Previous investments in the site have included a $2.5 million allocation in early 2023 for collaborative product development and a $40 million investment in 2014 to construct a production facility for Nescafé coffee mixes.