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Nestlé Canada Plans Major Expansion at London, Ontario, Production Hub

Nestlé Canada will make a significant investment to expand its ice cream facility in London, Ontario, Canada. The company plans to create 12 new jobs and support 380 existing positions.

Ontario is investing $390,750 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to fund the first phase expansion estimated at $2.215 million. Ontario’s funding supports one stage of a four-phased expansion plan by Nestlé Canada in which the company is investing a total of $51.5 million.

“At Nestlé Canada, we are proud to being a significant contributor to Ontario’s food processing and dairy sector. We are delighted to receive this support from the province to help us increase our competitiveness and make positive impact for the people of London and the region,” said Jayne Payette, Business Executive Officer, Ice Cream at Nestlé Canada.

Nestlé Canada, a subsidiary of Nestlé, sells a wide range of products including chocolate, coffee, frozen meals and pet products. Nestlé Canada employs approximately 3,500 people in over 20 manufacturing, sales and distribution sites across Canada.The ice cream and frozen desserts division is based in London, where popular brands like Häagen-Dazs, Parlour and Drumstick are manufactured.

Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge, reported with support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Nestlé Canada is investing in expanding its London 401 Ice Cream Factory. The expansion is helping the company modernize its manufacturing processes to allow for greater flexibility within the production lines.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change, provincial officials said. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

“Our government is making strategic partnerships with companies like Nestlé Canada to support their growth plan that’s bringing good jobs to London. This expansion is helping the company continue to innovate and bring new products to the market, while providing a boost to our local economy,” Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.

“We are pleased to support Nestlé’s significant investment in southwestern Ontario’s food processing and dairy sector. Our support for Nestlé Canada through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping create good jobs and economic opportunities for workers, dairy farmers and communities throughout the London area,” Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business said.

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