The company is investing £200M at Tutbury and creating 125 new jobs. These are on top of the 300 announced last November, with the news of a £110M extension to Nestlé's Nescafé Dolce Gusto facility.
To cushion the blow to staff, Nestlé md Paul Grimwood said he hoped many of the 230 employees at the Hayes site would be able to transfer to Tutbury.
The main reasons given for the Hayes closure are the difficulties of redeveloping the site so that coffee production might continue there and that efficiencies will be gained by rationalising all of Nestlé's UK coffee manufacturing operations on one site at Tutbury. However, the company will inevitably benefit from the subsequent sale of the site in Greater London.
When Nestlé's plans to move its HQ out of Croydon were first rumoured several years ago, analysts cited the high real estate value of the space released in London as a compelling reason for the relocation.