NESTLÉ Jamaica Limited yesterday confirmed that it will cut at least 30 jobs next month when it ceases local production of its popular Milo drink at its Bybrook plant in St. Catherine, citing unfavourable energy costs as a factor influencing the decision.
Nestlé began local Milo production in 1965 in an effort to cease imports from Australia.
“High unsustainable maintenance and production costs, along with limited growth potential and declining export possibilities, have led to the decision to reduce the scope of Milo operations in Bybrook,” Nestlé said in its release. “This will result in an import and repackaging operation in an effort to continue employment for as many employees as possible.”
The company also said it would offer individual counselling, training on career and financial management, entrepreneurial training and short courses at the HEART Trust/NTA to the separated employees.