Nestlé’s Research & Development organization is the largest in the food and beverage industry, with 3,900 employees working at 23 locations worldwide. This is how we’re set up.
Nestlé Research provides the scientific foundation for our innovations, from food safety, basic nutrition and health research to applied research for product development and packaging. Our sites in Vers-chez-les-Blanc and EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, house four research institutes: Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Nestlé Institute of Food Safety, Nestlé Institute of Material Sciences and Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences. Our Clinical Development Unit is also based here. Our central research entity is supported by the plant science research hub in Tours, France, our Singapore Research Hub, which focuses on maternal and infant nutrition, and Nestlé Purina, which carries out petcare research in St.Louis, Missouri, United States.
Category-focused product development
Nestlé Product Technology Centers (NPTCs) translate our scientific discoveries to develop products and technologies for specific categories such as beverages, pet care, culinary, dairy, confectionery and infant nutrition. Our regional innovation centers in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa work to develop products for local needs, as part of their local innovation ecosystems.
Within R&D we can draw on 30 plus years of inhouse expertise in beverage systems. Our System Technology Center in Orbe, Switzerland, offers expertise in machines, packaging and products for in and out of home. One recent system developed here, together with Nestlé Professional, is Roastelier, our compact coffee roasting solution.