Nestlé’s Nespresso brand is set to expand its Romont production centre in Switzerland with an investment of CHF160m ($169m) to meet the increasing demand for its coffee products.

The investment is also expected to support the company’s international development in the near future.

Nespresso CEO Guillaume Le Cunff said:  “Despite the challenging times we have all been living in, this strategic long term investment reconfirms Nespresso’s continuous business success and leadership in the portioned coffee segment, which we pioneered back in 1986.

“It also demonstrates our continued commitment to our Swiss roots and to the long term economic development of the region and the country, with which we share values of quality, innovation and expertise.”

The expansion will see the addition of a second production hall, equipped with ten new production lines engaged in the production of Nespresso coffees for the Vertuo and Professional ranges.

Construction works on the second production hall are expected to begin in June next year.

The production lines are expected to be fully operational by June 2022.

Additionally, the construction will create 300 new employment opportunities in the region over the next ten years.

The Romont factory was opened in 2015 for producing Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees. The Vertuo system has been designed to make freshly brewed coffee in five different cup sizes using innovative Centrifusion technology.

The technology reads bar code on the capsule and adjusts the amount of water, speed of extraction and temperature to deliver a cup of coffee.

Over the last two years, Nespresso added four new production lines.

Nespresso Romont factory is said to be the first LEED Gold certified production centre in Switzerland.

In February, Nestlé, along with Starbucks, unveiled coffee capsules for its Nespresso original system.