Prime Minister Bill English and, second one on the left, Veronique Cremades

Nestlé has opened a new multi-million-dollar facility in its Cambria Park factory in South Auckland, to meet increasing demand for its gluten-free products from both local and overseas markets. The investment aims to create new export opportunities and expand the availability of gluten-free products in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Bill English officiated at the opening and took a tour of the factory with Nestlé New Zealand CEO Veronique Cremades, according to whom ‘gluten-free no longer means compromise’.

“Our international research and development program now allows us to create high-quality gluten-free products that taste great and maintain texture,” said Cremades. “Careful product development means a wide range of products will be made gluten-free, including a selection of Maggi products sold in supermarkets for at-home use.”

Launched in 1962, the Cambria Park site manufacturers Maggi and Nestlé Docello products, as well as several confectionery items. Its current exports are worth over $60 million, but are now set to increase due to expanded capacity and robust quality assurance systems. As a testimony to this fact, the gluten-free product range has been endorsed by both Coeliac New Zealand and Coeliac Australia, giving consumers the confidence that each batch of every product has been laboratory tested and found clear of gluten.