Nestle has confirmed that it has significantly invested in the expansion of its Nescafe and Nespresso production facilities in west Switzerland.

Speaking to just-drinks today (27 September), a spokesperson for the Swiss food and drinks group confirmed it has invested CHF700m (US$598m) in the canton of Vaud over the last three years.

The company, which employs 8,000 people in Switzerland alone, said that 6,000 of those work in the French-speaking region of Vaud, and that the expansion has created 1,600 new jobs in the area.

The spokesperson added: "We happen to be headquartered in the same canton, which is part of the reason for the expansion in this area alone. It is a very good place to invest, because there is a highly qualified and motivated workforce here and the infrastructure is good. Besides, it's the centre of Europe."