Nestlé USA, a Glendale, Calif.-based subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., announced plans to transition its corporate headquarters to Rosslyn, Va., beginning later this year. The move signals Nestlé’s commitment to future investment and growth in the United States. The company expects to bring approximately 750 jobs to the Washington, D.C., area with this transition.
“With the food and beverage landscape continuing to transform at a rapid pace, Nestlé has been innovating and making strategic changes to the business over the past five years. This move is the next step in our evolution,” says Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO. “We carefully considered a number of options, and Arlington hits all the marks. Not only is it attractive to our current employees while offering a great talent pool for the future, but this location [also] allows us to be closer to our business operations, our customers and other important stakeholders.”
Currently, 75% of Nestlé USA’s factories and 85% of its top customers are located in the eastern half of the United States. In addition, 80% of the company’s products are sold east of the Mississippi River. With a majority of key regulatory groups and non-government organizations pertinent to the business located in or near the Washington, D.C., area, the move will further facilitate important conversations about bringing the best foods and beverages to U.S. consumers.
Nestlé USA will move into 1812 North Moore Street, what is said to be the tallest building in the metropolitan D.C., area. It will house corporate functions, including its beverage and confections and global foods divisions, as well as its expanding eBusiness team, Center for Marketing Excellence and team of nutrition experts.
Nestlé USA will also move its technical and production organization and supply chain teams to join the Nestlé Prepared Foods, Pizza, Baking and Professional businesses in Solon, Ohio. The company established Solon as its Center of Excellence for its frozen and chilled foods businesses. The Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Nestlé Waters North America businesses will maintain their nine manufacturing facilities in California.
Additionally, Nestlé’s U.S. IT organization will centralize in St. Louis, Mo., which is also home to Nestlé Purina PetCare’s U.S. headquarters, to drive efficiency across Nestlé’s U.S. operations.
“Nestlé is proud of our American heritage. Many of our brands have been staples in Americans’ kitchens for decades, from evaporated milk and chocolate to coffee and tea to prepared foods and pizza,” says Grimwood. “With 87 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., we source ingredients and make our foods and beverages as close to the consumer as possible. This is an integral element of our Creating Shared Value strategy. Our growth over the past 150 years has enabled us to improve the lives of millions of people through the products and services we provide, employment opportunities, our supplier networks and the economic contributions we make here in the U.S.”