Nestlé S.A., Switzerland, invested R$1 billion in São Paulo, Brazil, over the next three years to install a new line in the Caçapava and Araçatuba factories, new technologies applied to factories and products, digital transformation initiatives and startup acceleration. A partnership with Investe São Paulo, a program of the São Paulo investment and competitiveness promotion agency, is also expected to foster other initiatives.

Nestlé opened its first Brazilian factory in Araras 98 years ago. Over the past five years, the company has invested more than R$2 billion in the state, including the Purina wet pet food factory in Ribeirão Preto. It also consistently invested in technological development.

Currently, there are 10 industrial units and 6 distribution centers in São Paulo. The city of Araras further houses the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC), a quality laboratory that established partnerships with Public Universities in the State of São Paulo to foster technological development in the food segment. Nestlé generates 12,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs in the state.

“The state of São Paulo is very important to our history; it houses our first factory and our headquarters, and we want to continue on this journey of success, growth and investments,” says Marcelo Melchior, chief executive officer of Nestlé Brazil.