Following the announcement of Nestlé SA’s global financial results for 2013, Fiona Kendrick, Nestlé UK & Ireland chairman and CEO has announced a strong performance in 2013 as major investment in UK manufacturing comes on-stream.

Kendrick said: "2013 was a challenging year, but Nestlé UK & Ireland performed well in its core businesses of beverages, confectionery and food.

"UK consumers are changing the way they shop and it is reshaping the UK food industry. We are responding to this new reality, particularly in fast growing channels such as online shopping, convenience stores and discounters. Innovation continues to be key in growing our business and we are offering our consumers new products to meet their changing needs.

"Our Nescafé business is a great example. The growth of coffee shops in the high street is introducing consumers to new tastes. As a result, more people want to experience coffee-shop varieties at home, but at a fraction of the cost. Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Nescafé AZERA and our recently launched NescaféGold Blend Barista Style provide this choice and quality, and are growing very successfully.

"Our £310 million investment programme in our UK coffee factories is also becoming operational, so we have world-class manufacturing for the future here in the UK."