Monday, March 5, 2018

Province subsidizes Nestle

The province is giving $390,750 to Nestle, one of the world’s largest and richest food-processing companies, towards its $2.2 million expansion of an ice cream plant at London, Ont.

Work has begun on a 9,000-square-foot addition to the former Silverwoods plant near Highway 401.

The London plant’s overhaul began in early 2016 with “reconfiguration and consolidation of production lines to increase its capacity and flexibility for Haagen-Dazs.” Nestle has produced the Haagen-Dazs brand for North America since 2002 under license from the Pillsbury Group.

Then a second production line was added to produce Drumstick “to further meet the ever-increasing demand for the popular frozen treat.” Nestle has made Drumstick cones since it bought the Drumstick Company in 1991.

The third phase “helped to modernize the existing processes to allow for greater flexibility within the production lines,” the company says.