Our global network

We have the world's largest food and nutrition research organisation, with about 5000 people involved in R&D, as well as corporate venture funds and research partnerships with business partners and universities.

Our in-house fundamental research takes place in four 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.
  • R&D Tours provides scientific expertise in plant science.

Proprietary high-tech product development takes place in our 34 Product Technology centres and R&D centres worldwide:

  • Product Technology centres provide a critical mass of technology expertise and product knowledge, for one or more of Nestlé’s business categories.
  • R&D centres have both a global role and a more local role by meeting regional needs or providing know-how in specific areas of technical expertise, such as system technology, and health sciences.

  • Center nameCountry
  • Nestlé Professional Beverage Centre Orbe

    Opened in 2007

    Focus: The Beverage Centre is an Innovation Management Centre made of a cross-functional team fully dedicated to Nestlé Professional. It develops, drives and delivers global beverages solutions.
  • PTC Beauvais

    Opened in 1972

    Focus: PTC Beauvais is Nestlé’s centre of excellence for ice cream. Centralised technology and science platforms together enable fast deployment of developments and allow direct support to markets.
  • PTC Konolfingen

    Opened in 1974

    Focus: PTC Konolfingen is Nestlé’s centre of excellence for shelf stable milk based products, infant and Healthcare nutritional products and dietetic specialities.
  • PTC Lisieux

    Opened in 1990

    Focus: Lisieux is the centre of excellence for chilled dairy products and healthy drinks. At the heart of the location is a pilot plant fully replicating the complete factory process.
  • PTC Orbe

    Opened in 1959

    Focus: PTC Orbe is Nestlé’s reference centre for products and technologies in coffee, powdered beverages and cereals, consumed in and out of the home.
  • PTC Singen

    Opened in 2004

    Focus: Within Nestlé R&D, PTC Singen is the home of food, bringing culinary art to a level that can be practised at home or used in a professional kitchen. Singen transforms science into technologies that deliver tasty and balanced meals with the highest freshness perception and convenience.
  • PTC Vittel

    Opened in 2003

    Focus: PTC Vittel is home for the Nestlé Waters R&D programme. It is a centre of excellence for innovation and renovation including product, packaging, process engineering, packaging materials and sustainability.
  • PTC York

    United Kingdom
    Opened in 1991

    Focus: PTC York is Nestlé’s centre of excellence for chocolate, sugar confectionery and biscuits focusing on lighter eating, luxury gifting and popularly positioned products (PPP)
  • R&D Amiens

    Opened in 1986

    Focus: Dedicated to our pet's health and well-being. Undertakes the innovation/renovation of Petcare products. Has pilot plants for both wet and dry products; a Petcare facility and an applied sciences laboratory.
  • R&D Sansepolcro (Casa Buitoni)

    Opened in 1992

    Focus: Casa Buitoni, in the small Italian town of Sansepolcro, combines Italian culinary skill with nutritional excellence for products full of mediterranean goodness.
  • R&D Tours

    Opened in 1991

    Focus: Tours is Nestlé’s centre of excellence for innovation around strategically important plant raw materials; especially coffee, cocoa and chicory. Its focus is on increasing quality and the sustainability of supply
  • Nestlé Research Center


    The Nestlé Research Center, at its four locations in Lausanne, St Louis, Beijing and Tokyo, is the world's largest private food nutrition research institute. The Nestlé Research Center specialises in food, nutrition, safety, quality and life sciences and plays a crucial role in providing the scientific and technological basis for renovation and innovation across the whole of Nestlé’s product portfolio.

  • Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

    Opened in 2010

    A specialised biomedical research institute based on the campus of the world-renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The institute aims to better understand chronic human diseases and ageing as influenced by metabolism, genetics and environment.
    Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences
  • System Technology Centre Orbe

    Opened in 2012

    Focus: System innovation, with expertise in machines, packaging, electronics, and design.
  • Chocolate Centre of Excellence Broc

    Opened in 2009

    Focus: The Chocolate Centre of Excellence, located at Nestlé's chocolate factory in Broc, is the company's first R&D facility entirely dedicated to the development of premium and luxury chocolate.
    Chocolate Centre of Excellence
  • Clinical Development Unit Lausanne

    Opened in 2012

    Focus: Dedicated to the management of clinical trials