Research & development

Research & development team


Innovation has been at the heart of our company since its beginning. Whether it’s about convenience, health or pleasure, our R&D team creates trustworthy products, systems and services that contribute to improving the quality of peoples’ lives.

Our R&D team drives projects that go from developing packaging and equipment, to designing food and beverages for the pilot of Solar Impulse, a world-first attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered aircraft; working with Imperial College London to improve nutrition, or producing a tiny bouillon cube that tackles iron deficiency.

Clearly, there’s a huge range of projects for scientists, engineers, nutritionists, food technologist, designers, regulatory specialists and consumer care representatives to get involved in.

Our R&D network is the largest in the food industry with 40 R&D Centres, 4,800 scientists and researchers working across the world. You can join us in different areas:


Nestlé Product Technology Centres

The Product Technology Centres (PTCs) provide technical development expertise for our product, manufacturing and packaging processes. Each is aligned with a particular business and certain product categories – as such, it acts as a global hub. For instance, the Switzerland PTC offers worldwide know-how on coffee, beverages, cereals, dairy and nutritional products.


Nestlé Application Groups

Attached to individual Nestlé factories, our Application Groups make sure our products reflect local tastes. They also work with PTCs to test scientific applications. Here, you’ll gain broad exposure to everything from petcare with Purina, to chocolate with KitKat.


In-house fundamental research centres:

  • Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences provides and translate biomedical research into personalised science-based nutrition.
  • Nestlé Research Center provides the scientific knowledge and research base for product renovation and innovation.
  • Clinical Development Unit provides medical expertise and manages clinical trials for the company, worldwide.