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Nestlé is investing more than CHF 29 million (more than 1 billion roubles) in new distribution facilities in Russia to meet growing demand for its products in the country.

The company is extending its distribution centre at its manufacturing site in Vorsino in the region of Kaluga to better serve consumers across Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

The investment will have created about 100 new jobs by the time the new facilities are fully operational in October this year.


Wide range of products

"We are taking an important step to strengthen our supply chain in Russia," said Maurizio Patarnello, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé in Russia.

"The distribution centre will deliver a wide range of pet food products from Nestlé Purina and all dry grocery items sold by Nestlé in Russia, including Nescafé coffee, Maggi culinary products, Nestlé infant nutrition and Bistroff cereals.

"We believe in Russia's long-term potential, which is why we continue to invest in the development of local facilities," he added.


Factory inauguration

Nestlé made the announcement at a ceremony to mark the official opening of an almost CHF 40 million (more than 1.4 billion roubles) extension to its Purina PetCare factory on the Vorsino site this week.

The company's investment in the factory has enabled it to increase total production of well-known pet foods such as Friskies, Felix and Pro Plan by almost three quarters.

Nestlé Purina is one of the market leaders in the Russian pet food industry, which although relatively new is growing rapidly.

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