The front of the Gympie Nestle factory 2016.
The front of the Gympie Nestle factory 2016. Contributed

63-year-old Gympie factory key to Nestle's kingdom

WHO hasn't woken up on the north side of Gympie to the familiar smell of roasting coffee from the Nestle factory?

This year Nestle celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Established in Switzerland, the company was founded by Henri Nestle and started making the world's first safe powder baby formula.

Australia was one of the first countries the company extended into with a factory established at Toogoolawah in 1908.

That factory started out making the sweetener, condensed milk it is still famous for more than a century later.

In addition to milk products, Nestle produces a range of products from chocolate bars to the coffee made right here at the Gympie factory.

The Gympie factory started out in 1953 as a producer of powdered milk, but now is the primary supplier of coffee to the whole of Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew Younger, factory manager at Gympie, said every hour the Gympie factory produces over one million cups of coffee. That's a cup of coffee for every single man, woman and child in Australia a day.

"We are internationally competitive and the favourite export to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands," he said.

The factory produces nine different blends and over 100 products and sells coffee in various sizes and containers from 2g sachets to tins weighing in at several kilograms each, to jars and bottles. They also sell bulk coffee to other manufacturers to make iced coffee drinks.

It also injects $20m into the local economy through services, contracts and local employee wages.

And even though the company itself is a century and a half old, it has continued to change with the times and the future is bright.

Gympie is no different and Mr Younger said the future for the company locally is looking good with a brand new building about to be constructed onsite.

He would not be drawn on its purpose but was happy to say it was under wraps until November next year.

 

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