David Best - Chargé d'affaires Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam
The demand for the MILO drink, which is produced here, has been such that this factory had to double production capacity just to keep up.
That is good news for Nestlé and for all those who crave malt-based drinks. I can certainly understand this very success.
When I grew up in Switzerland, these beverages were very popular and we firmly believed in their performance-enhancing qualities ahead of school examinations and sports events.
Vietnam has great potential, both as a business location and as a market for consumer products and services, as well as for investment goods.
A few companies, including of course Nestlé, have been here for quite some time already.
Today, more and more Swiss companies are coming to Vietnam. Some bring their products and services to Vietnam, while others set up operations to serve customers here and all around the world. About a hundred Swiss companies are already present in Vietnam today.
Switzerland has become the fifth-largest European investor in Vietnam, ahead of many larger countries. These investments have created some 20,000 jobs in various sectors, including engineering, pharmaceuticals, and food processing, where Nestlé is the leading investor and employer.
Vo Tuan Nhan - Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Nestlé is a large corporation from Switzerland with a history of more than 150 years. The group operates many factories worldwide, providing numerous nutrient food products and beverages. In addition, Nestlé is a proactive member in many coalitions and joint-hand initiatives towards environmental protection globally, such as the Global Anti-Plastic Group or 2030 Water Resources Group. In Vietnam, Nestlé commits to sustainable long-term investment with a total of six factories and increasing investment to around $600 million at the moment. The company was named among the 100 biggest corporate taxpayers in Vietnam by the General Tax Department. More importantly, Nestlé’s factories always pioneer environmental protection activities, sustainable development, and the application of environmentally friendly technologies.
After three years of operation, we are very happy to attend the inauguration of the expanded Nestlé Bong Sen Factory today. This is the sixth factory of the group and the second factory in Hung Yen with the total investment of more than $100 million.
I hope that Nestlé Vietnam and Nestlé Bong Sen will always comply with Vietnam’s laws and regulations on business operation and environmental protection, take good care of your employees, and will continue to contribute to social activities, contributing to a Green – Clean – Sustainable Vietnam.
Ganesan Ampalavanar - CEO Nestlé Vietnam
We are committed to a green and clean Vietnam. All of our factories have achieved the “Zero Waste to Landfill” goal. That means nothing that leaves our factories will go to the landfill. In this process, Nestlé also applied initiatives such as using coffee husk as fuel, ash as fertiliser, waste from the boiler in the production process to make bricks, and processing wastewater for watering, among others.
We have joined the Packaging Recycling Organization Vietnam (PRO Vietnam) coalition to support the growth of a strong, resilient domestic packaging collection and recycling ecosystem. The packaging process in our factories also meets our global standards. However, to fully drive the circular economy, Nestlé’s efforts are not enough, we also need consumers who use our products. We need to learn how to reduce littering and encourage collection and recycling.
We have also committed that all our packaging materials shall be collected for recycling by 2025. To facilitate this goal, we help everybody collect and send the old packages to recycling centres. La Vie Vietnam, also part of Nestlé, has committed to buying recycled plastics in order to create a market for whoever recycles and collects. Even though the recycled materials are more expensive, we believe this will raise awareness about the value of collecting and recycling.