A new production line for frozen snacks is being built at the Nonnweiler production site for around 15 million euros. The relocation of the stone oven pizza products for the Italian market freed up the capacity for the new production line.
Thomas Göbel, Chairman of the Board of Directors, sees the investment strengthening the great trust in the Nonnweiler location:
“We are very happy about the investment for this project. Because it shows great trust in the entire Wagner team and confirms again that our location in the Saarland Nonnweiler is also an important driving force for Nestlé in the pizza and snacks category. ”
The new production line is scheduled to go into operation by autumn 2019. So far, stone oven pizza products have been produced in Nonnweiler for the Italian market. This production line was moved to the Italian Nestlé plant in Benevento in order to create shorter delivery routes for the Italian market. At the same time, the free capacity for the now planned frozen snack production line was created. In the future, snacks such as the "Rustipani" or the "Steinofen BäckerKruste" will be produced in Nonnweiler for the German market and other European countries.
With the new line, the jobs in Nonnweiler remain stable with around 1900 employees. These produce around one million frozen pizzas and snacks every day.
Plant closings outside of Saarland
At the same time, Nestlé plans to cut hundreds of jobs in Germany. The plant in Mainz was closed at the end of 2017 and the plants in Ludwigsburg and Weiding should be closed due to a lack of capacity.
The trade union "Lebensmittel Genuss Gaststätten", NGG for short, says that this savings pressure was created by the new investor with his stipulation of generating a return of 18,5%.
Mark Baumeister, managing director of NGG-Saar:
“If you want to generate returns of 18,5% with food and destroy livelihoods and jobs, you are acting immorally. We oppose that. Because each work can be the next. If we had not recently been on strike at Nestlé Wagner, we would not have achieved our good collective bargaining result. After us, no collective bargaining result came about. "