More upgrades planned for Nestle ice cream plant

Two more production lines to be added

Nestle Canada in June 2021 launched Divine, a reduced-calorie line of Haagen-Dazs ice creams, produced at its London, Ont. ice cream plant. (Corporate.nestle.ca)

The southwestern Ontario plant supplying Haagen-Dazs, Real Dairy and Drumstick ice cream and Parlour frozen desserts across Canada is set for another $41.3 million expansion, including two new production lines.

Nestle Canada said June 23 it expects to break ground in September for a 26,600-square foot expansion of its London, Ont. plant with “additional buildings, increased refrigeration capacity and other services to support the new capacity.”

The two new production lines, due to be completed by 2023, are expected to generate “more capacity for future growth, resulting in incremental ingredient, packaging, and raw material supplier purchases,” the company said, noting it bought over $45 million of dairy in the area in 2020.

The expansion follows reconfigurations in 2016 to boost the London plant’s capacity and flexibility for more product lines under the Haagen-Dazs brand, which has been processed there for the Canadian market since 1985.

A $51.5 million, 9,000-square foot expansion followed in 2018 “to create more capacity for future growth of Haagen-Dazs and other popular products.”

The latest expansion “allows us to bring even more exciting and innovative products to market and continue to meet consumer demand,” Jayne Payette, Nestle Canada’s president for ice cream, said in the company’s release.

The London plant, which today employs over 800 people, is expected to “create 88 new job opportunities” as a result, the company said. — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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