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ARLINGTON, Va. — Nestlé USA, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will transition its corporate headquarters to Arlington County, starting later this year. The move is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The move signals Nestlé's commitment to future investment and growth in the United States, the company stated. With a more efficient structure and closer proximity to the bulk of the company's business and stakeholders, Nestlé aims to demonstrate its leadership in responding to the rapid pace of change in the food industry.
The company expects to bring approximately 750 jobs to the Washington, D.C., area with the transition.
"With the food and beverage landscape continuing to transform at a rapid pace, Nestlé has been innovating and making strategic changes to the business over the past five years. This move is the next step in our evolution," said Paul Grimwood, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA. "We carefully considered a number of options and Arlington hits all the marks. Not only is it attractive to our current employees while offering a great talent pool for the future, but this location allows us to be closer to our business operations, our customers and other important stakeholders."
Currently, 75 percent of Nestlé USA's factories and 85 percent of its top customers are located in the eastern half of the U.S. In addition, 80 percent of the company's products are sold east of the Mississippi River.
According to Nestlé, with a majority of key regulatory groups and non-government organizations pertinent to the business located in or near the Washington, D.C. area, the move will further facilitate important conversations about bringing the best foods and beverages to U.S. consumers.
With the move to the tallest building in the metrolpolitan D.C. area at 1812 North Moore St., in Rosslyn, the location will become home to:
- Nestlé USA's corporate functions;
- Its Beverage and Confections & Global Foods divisions;
- Its expanding eBusiness team;
- Center for Marketing Excellence; and
- Team of nutrition experts.
In addition to relocating its U.S. corporate headquarters, Nestlé USA will move its Technical & Production organization and Supply Chain teams to join the Nestlé Prepared Foods, Pizza, Baking and Professional businesses in Solon, Ohio.
While Nestlé USA transitions its headquarters from Glendale, Calif., it will remain committed to its businesses there, including Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Nestlé Waters North America, as well as maintain nine manufacturing facilities in the state.
"Nestlé is proud of our American heritage. Many of our brands have been staples in Americans' kitchens for decades, from evaporated milk and chocolate to coffee and tea to prepared foods and pizza," said Grimwood. "With 87 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., we source ingredients and make our foods and beverages as close to the consumer as possible.
"This is an integral element of our Creating Shared Value strategy. Our growth over the past 150 years has enabled us to improve the lives of millions of people through the products and services we provide, employment opportunities, our supplier networks and the economic contributions we make here in the U.S.," he added.
Additionally, Nestlé's U.S. IT organization will centralize in St. Louis, which is also home to Nestlé Purina PetCare's U.S. headquarters.
Nestlé in the U.S. consists of eight main businesses: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina PetCare Co., Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional, Nespresso, Nestlé Skin Health and Nestlé Health Science. Together, these companies operate in more than 120 locations in 47 states and employ more than 51,000 people.