Nestlé Health Science will invest $43 million in an expansion to its Eau Claire, Wisconsin factory. The company said it will add two production lines in order to increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Boost and Carnation Breakfast Essentials ready-to-drink products.
The investment will add 60 jobs to the plant’s workforce.
The CPG giant emphasized sustainability is a key element of the new facility. Along with being zero waste-to-landfill, the plant will manufacture its beverage products in recyclable TetraPak cartons. The company first launched sustainable packaging for Carnation Breakfast Essentials in early 2022, when it also decreased the added sugar content in the beverage by 25%. Nestlé previously set a goal to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
This is the second major investment Nestle has made in expanding the Wisconsin facility in recent years. In 2020, the company spent $50 million to boost its production capacity, along with eliminating straws from its packaging to meet its sustainability goals.
The Wisconsin expansion continues the company’s strategy of increasing its supply chain capabilities in the face of growing demand. Last year, Nestlé USA announced a $675 million investment in a new facility in Glendale, Arizona, to produce coffee creamers for brands like Coffee mate and Starbucks. The plant is set to open in 2024 and will create over 350 jobs, the company said.