Nestlé Enhances Production at UAE Factories, Donates 200,000 Food & Beverage Servings and 60,000 Face Masks

Nestlé Enhances Production at UAE Factories, Donates 200,000 Food & Beverage Servings and 60,000 Face Masks

In an ongoing drive to tackle evolving needs stemming from the COVID19 pandemic, Nestlé has enhanced manufacturing at its two food and two water factories in the United Arab Emirates to meet increased demand on certain essential products. The company has also donated 200,000 Food and Beverage servings to relief efforts run by entities including the Dubai Health Authority, provided 60,000 face masks to hospitals, and supported local initiatives such as the Emirates Red Crescent “Homeland Fund”.

Through the Nestlé UAE Operations hub, the company exports close to 100,000 metric tons of goods to about 30 countries around the world every year, primarily to 19 Middle East and North Africa countries. Around 50% of Nestlé’s total food manufacturing output in the country meets the needs of the local UAE market, with the remainder supplying regional demand.  

“We are very grateful to be operating in the environment nurtured by governments in the UAE, which greatly enhances our ability to meet people expectations,” said Yasmine Berbir, Nestlé’s General Business Manager in the UAE. “Our priorities focus on three main objectives: 1. safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of our employees, our collaborators, business partners and the communities we are a part of; 2. ensuring continued production and delivery of food and beverage products to help meet the nutritional needs of individuals and families; and 3. stepping up relief efforts to local communities and healthcare professionals.” 

The local efforts are part of Nestlé mobilizations in the Middle East and North Africa supporting more than 30 entities in 17 countries, where the company has so far impacted more than 100,000 families and donated 10 million food and beverage servings as part of an ongoing donations campaign.

In addition, the company’s various divisions are contributing in their different expertise. Nestlé Professional for example continues to offer pragmatic support to its business partners in the hospitality industry, as they reopen to welcome back their customers. This is being done through its "Always open for You" initiative which benefited over 600 foodservice outlets in the UAE, with offerings including over 125,000 NESCAFÉ cups, payment term extensions, coffee machine rental fees suspensions, and provision of free products, trainings, marketing and other services.

Nestlé in the United Arab Emirates

Direct Operations

Nestlé UAE L.L.C. operates across the Emirates with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Fujairah, and Ras AlKhaimah, employing nearly 400 people from different parts of the world, while providing indirect employment to more than 300. The company works with more than 850 customers in the UAE and more than 1,700 retail outlets in the country, including supermarkets and pharmacies. Nestlé also established several collaborations with local governments, NGOs, authorities, and the private sector, with which it aims to Create Shared Value in areas including nutrition education, water conservation, renewable energy, and recycling.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Office in Dubai

Nestlé’s regional office for the Middle East and North Africa is based in Dubai South, where more than 600 professionals representing more than 50 nationalities, multiple skills and backgrounds serve key corporate functions for the 19 countries in the region.

Factory Investments in the UAE

Nestlé Dubai Manufacturing in TechnoPark currently produces confectionary, dairy and culinary products at two adjacent plants. The Al-Maha factory in Dubai South opened in 2017, with more than 530 million United Arab Emirates Dirhams in investment. It produces coffee and culinary products and is home to the UAE’s largest ground-mounted private solar plant launched in September 2019. Nestlé Waters also owns and operates two factories in the UAE, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi employing more than 600 people and serving more than 88,000 customers. 

Through the Nestlé UAE Operations hub, the company exports close to 100,000 metric tons of goods to about 30 countries around the world every year, primarily to 19 Middle East and North Africa countries. Around 50% of Nestlé’s total food manufacturing output in the country meets the needs of the local UAE market, with the remainder supplying regional demand.

Nestlé Quality Assurance Center

Dubai is also home to the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center, a hub for microbiological and nutritional analysis of food, water, and environment samples serving the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The Center is certified ISO 17025:2005 and accredited by the Emirates International Accreditation Center (EIAC) for all analytical Methods.

About Nestlé Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Nestlé’s heritage in the Middle East and North Africa goes back over 100 years with the sale of the first Infant Cereals in Egypt. Today, Nestlé operates 25 Food & Beverage factories across the 19 countries of the MENA Region, and provides direct employment to more than 15,000 people who are all committed to Nestlé’s purpose of Enhancing Quality of Life and Contributing to a Healthier Future. Nestlé MENA also provides indirect employment across the region to several thousand more.

The Nestlé portfolio in the region currently exceeds 60 innovative product brands in a wide range of categories: Dairy, Infant Nutrition, Coffee and Creamers, Confectionery, Bottled Water, Breakfast Cereals, Culinary products, Health Science, and Pet Care, among others. Nestlé NIDO, Nestlé CERELAC, Nestlé NAN, S-26, PROGRESS, NESCAFÉ, NESPRESSO, Bonjorno Café, Coffee-mate, KitKat, MAGGI, Nestlé FITNESS, Nestlé Grain d’Or, Nestlé Pure Life, OPTIFAST, and PURINA Friskies are just some of the brands available in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Layal Dalal
Media Relations Manager
Nestlé Middle East and North Africa
Email: [email protected]