Nestle creates 300 new jobs at British coffee pod factory

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Swiss food giant Nestle on Thursday announced plans to increase output and create 300 new jobs at a central England factory that produces pods for its Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee range.

"Nestle UK & Ireland today announced the investment of £110 million ($171 million, 128 million euros) in its Tutbury site in Derbyshire creating a world class coffee manufacturing facility," it said in a statement.

"The extension to the existing Nescafe Dolce Gusto plant will treble its production capacity and create 300 new jobs."

British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose coalition government faces soaring unemployment, visited the Tutbury plant to view Nestle's expansion plans.

"This new investment by Nestle and the jobs it will create is brilliant news for UK manufacturing and for the local community," he said.

"This demonstrates what can be achieved by investing in capacity and people, as Nestle has done consistently over recent years.

"Manufacturing is crucial to the new economy we are building -- an economy where we're making and selling the products the world wants to buy."

The investment will include twelve high-speed production lines that can make coffee capsules for sale in Britain and for export in more than 38 countries.

The Tutbury facility currently employs 500 staff. This will now expand to 800 people by 2013.

© 2011 AFP

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