Nestle announced the launch of a new Ukraine facility as a war-time investment. The brand will invest $42 million to launch a new production facility in western Ukraine. It is one of very few international companies to announce new investments in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country.
"This is an important move for Nestlé, taken in a very challenging time for the country," said Alessandro Zanelli, Nestlé chief executive officer for South Eastern Europe Market. "We aim to create a food and culinary hub, ensuring incremental jobs and serving the needs of Ukrainians and all European citizens with high-quality products."
Russia's invasion has wrecked Ukraine's economy, which is projected to shrink by 35% this year. Power blackouts have spread throughout the country as Russia intensified attacks on Ukrainian power facilities.
Nestle, which already has about 5,800 staff in Ukraine, is planning to add 1,500 new jobs at the new production facility in Smolyhiv in the Volyn region.The new factory is intended to help boost cold sauces, seasonings, soups and instant food production, supplying both the domestic market and markets in Europe.