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Speed to market

To translate science into products more quickly, we use rapid prototyping and production facilities in our R&D centers for in-market testing.

We have also adopted a fast-track process to fund promising bottom-up innovations outside of standard budget cycles.

We've taken a number of steps to accelerate innovation, including our enhanced prototyping capabilities and the funding of fast-track projects. With the Nestlé R&D Accelerator initiative and its closeness to our R&D and business teams, we’re bringing open innovation to a new level.

Stefan Palzer
Stefan Palzer Chief Technology Officer

 

Recent innovations include Wunda, a pea-based beverage that you can use just like milk, and Nescafé Gold Blend Roastery Collection, which harnesses Nestlé's coffee roasting expertise. Incoa, a chocolate made wholly from cocoa fruit, is just one example of a new product that valorizes agricultural raw materials that would otherwise have been wasted, to deliver innovation.

In 2020 alone, significant launches include a plant-based ‘bacon cheeseburger' in the U.S., a plant-based alternative to tuna, plant-based dairy alternatives, and affordable, nutritious products in Southeast Africa. We also introduced nesQino, a smart, simple system that enables people to personalize healthy, superfood drinks made from 100% natural ingredients.

Another recent launch, the Roastelier system, which allows coffee shop owners to roast customized house blends, was developed in just 12 months.

Roastelier

 

We're active on the packaging side too – in line with our group ambition to make all of our packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025 – piloting reusable and refillable dispensers to reduce single-use packaging, and rolling out 100% paper packaging for Smarties confectionery globally.

Increasingly found across our sites, our R&D Accelerator initiative unites scientists, students and startups to accelerate the development of innovative products and systems. With full access to Nestlé's R&D infrastructure, teams aim to bring ideas from lab to launch in six months following a lean startup mentality.

We foster creative entrepreneurship behavior, and provide the teams with access to scientific, technical and business expertise, to prototyping and mini-production technologies, and everything that is required for their route to market.

Tom Wagner Head of Nestlé's global R&D Accelerator initiative