Danone Opens New Sustainable Nutricia Plant in the Netherlands to Meet Growing, Global Demand for Specialized Infant Formula
- €240 million facility in Cuijk is among Danone's largest investments in its European production network in the last ten years, building on the Netherland's agricultural heritage and Nutricia's scientific capabilities
- Plant will produce highly specialized infant formula – including formula for specific health conditions, and will employ close to 500 employees once fully operational
- State-of-the-art, sustainable, zero-waste facility powered with 100% renewable electricity
CUIJK, The Netherlands, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Danone proudly announces the official opening of its new Nutricia Cuijk production facility. The opening ceremony, taking place in the presence of a broad range of stakeholders, including the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Carola Schouten, as well as industry and healthcare representatives, marks the completion of a three-year journey to build a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, zero-waste plant. The facility will primarily produce specialized infant formula that meets the needs of infants diagnosed with specific medical conditions – such as cow's milk protein allergy, as well as standard infant formula. The €240 million investment is among Danone's largest in its European production network in the last ten years.
"At Danone, we believe the health of people and the planet are interconnected, as expressed through our company vision 'One Planet. One Health'. Our new Nutricia Cuijk facility is a significant investment towards achieving that vision. At this facility, we'll be producing food for vulnerable babies; and we're also doing everything we can to preserve a healthy and clean environment for future generations," said Veronique Penchienati -Bosetta, Executive Vice President, Danone Specialized Nutrition.
Nutricia Cuijk to meet rising demand for specialized infant formula for babies with specific health needs
The new Nutricia Cuijk plant has been built to spec to further support the expansion of Danone's range of specialized infant formula products specially tailored for babies with specific health needs. The global prevalence of allergy, for example, is steadily rising, and approximately 2-5% of infants develop cow's milk protein allergy within the first year of life.1 The Nutricia Cuijk plant employs a specific manufacturing process2 to produce foods for special medical purposes containing extensively hydrolyzed protein to meet the specific nutritional needs of infants diagnosed with this type of allergy.
New plant doubles production capacity, while cutting water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions.
The new Nutricia Cuijk facility will replace an older, existing plant in Cuijk, which the company will gradually phase out. The newly-built Nutricia Cuijk facility uses advanced environmental technologies coupled with efficiently-designed manufacturing processes to ensure water and energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions are kept to a minimum. Once at full capacity, the new facility will have double the production capacity of the legacy plant. Despite this, the new plant will use 60% less water, 25% less energy and emit 50% less CO2 than the legacy plant. To further minimize the new facility's carbon footprint, Nutricia Cuijk is powered by 100% renewable electricity.
Danone also targets reducing its full scope carbon emissions. Therefore, Nutricia Cuijk sources dairy ingredients exclusively from western Europe – the world's region with the lowest dairy farming CO2 emission rates.3 Of these ingredients, a significant majority are sourced locally, from the Netherlands and neighboring Germany. Nutricia Cuijk also embraces the principles of the circular economy – 100% of the facility's waste is recovered, including all packaging waste.
"Producing such highly specialized infant formula, our new facility builds on the scientific heritage of Nutricia, coupled with the latest green technologies. Today's opening ceremony marks the next chapter for Nutricia Cuijk – here in the Netherlands, and as part of the Danone family," Ms. Penchienati -Bosetta added.
A major investment for Danone in the Netherlands and North-Brabant