Emmi is investing CHF 50 million in a modern new cheese dairy at its Emmen site. The laying of the foundation stone was celebrated today. Now the structural engineering work can begin. The new cheese dairy is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2022. It will replace the existing cheese dairy building, which is over 40 years old, and will provide space for highly professional and resource-efficient cheese production and create additional capacity in line with long-term growth plans.
Immediately after receiving the building permit, work began on site in mid-November 2020. Since then, a new car park has been built in order to be able to start civil engineering on the previous truck car park. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in January 2021. The excavation and drilling of around 150 piles could already be completed in May. Now that the foundations have been laid, the salt water tanks have been moved and new external tanks have been installed, the structural engineering work can begin.
At CHF 50 million, the construction of the new cheese dairy in Emmen is one of the most important investment projects in Emmi’s history. It is a commitment to Switzerland as a business location in general and to Central Switzerland in particular. “In future, we will use regional milk from Central Switzerland to produce even more high-quality cheese, such as our Lucerne cream cheese, for the whole world,” says Marc Heim, Deputy CEO of Emmi and Head of the Switzerland Division.
Commissioning at the end of 2022
Now that the foundation stone has been laid, construction work can continue on the base plate and with the erection of the walls. The actual cheese dairy building should be completed by the end of the year. Commissioning – initially in parallel operation with the existing cheese dairy – is still planned for the end of 2022.