Nestlé continues to innovate in food and packaging thanks to enhanced R&D

On the 40th anniversary of its research and development (R&D) facility in Singapore, Nestlé said it will continue to play a key role in the development of innovative products and technologies, including more sustainable packaging, for Southeast Asia and beyond, both for its retail and overseas sale. -the home business.

With their in-house expertise, Nestlé scientists want to ensure products are tailored to the preferences, tastes and nutritional needs of local consumers, company officials said in a webinar on Tuesday.

The R&D center is located at the heart of a dynamic innovation ecosystem, which enables strong collaborations with partners, research institutes and start-ups in the region.

Nestlé CEO Chris Johnson for Asia, Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa said all food is local. If people want to be successful in their business, they need to have a good understanding of the flavors people love, the dishes they want to serve their families, and the food trends they want to try.

“This is why it is so important to have a research and development team in Singapore, here in the heart of South East Asia, a center of excellence that drives innovation and product development in Asia. , for Asia, ”Johnson said.

To further strengthen the centre’s innovation capabilities, Nestlé modernized its R&D facilities to include state-of-the-art laboratories, experimental kitchens, consumer tests, sensory assessment rooms, open workspaces, as well as its fundamental research center.

This decision will help translate scientific advancements more quickly into nutritious and tasty products for people at all stages of life.

In addition to upgraded facilities, the center will also include a new regional R&D accelerator, which is part of Nestlé’s global network of R&D accelerators.

It provides a world-class platform for start-ups, graduate or undergraduate students, who may have new and fresh ideas, and Nestlé employees in the region to be able to develop and test new concepts in less time. six months.

They will have access to Nestlé’s R&D expertise, coworking spaces and small and medium-scale production equipment to facilitate the rapid upscaling of products for a test launch under real market conditions.

Thomas Hauser, Global Product and Technology Development Manager at Nestlé, said the Singapore R&D center has a long history of developing innovative products for South East Asia inspired by cultural diversity and different cuisines. local.

“The modernization of the center with state-of-the-art facilities, including the new R&D accelerator, is proof of our long-term commitment to the region. We will also be able to respond to food and beverage trends and challenges faster and more efficiently, ”said Hauser.

With years of experience, the R&D center has greatly contributed to the innovation of many products among its brands, such as coffee blends, powdered drinks, such as Milo, culinary products, food and beverage products. herbal and ice cream.

Milo products, for example, in Australia, use plant-based ingredients but still retain the characteristic Milo taste.

Thanks to its expertise in innovative coffee creamers, local experts have in just eight months developed a range of delicious and creamy Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes, which are now available in more than 20 countries.

This expertise was also leveraged for the launch of Starbucks’ herbal Silky Soy Latte and Toasted Oat Lattes.

Singapore R&D experts are also supporting the development of plant-based retail and out-of-home meal solutions for the local Harvest Gourmet brand. The products are suitable for Asian consumers, using local cooking applications, such as dumplings, stir-fries, braising, katsudon, etc.

Nestlé assures that even as the plant-based food category grows, it will continue to develop dairy-based food products in order to give consumers the ability to choose based on their dietary preferences, whether it is meat / dairy or plant-based products.

In addition to food innovations, the R&D center conducts aggressive packaging testing to help eliminate the use of single-use plastics and use recyclable containers instead. Nescafé products currently use recyclable paper, including paper-based packaging for KitKat in Thailand.

These packaging innovations are part of Nestlé’s commitment to use less plastic by 2025 and to switch to recyclable or reusable packaging that will help the company reduce its use by a third. of virgin plastics and to opt for more paper-based packaging.

Nestlé’s R&D center in Singapore is part of the company’s global R&D organization, which consists of 23 locations around the world. By strengthening the capabilities of the center, it can better accelerate innovation of science products across life stages in a way that is good for people and the planet.

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