Research & Developemt

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As the world’s largest food and beverage company, research plays a critical role in helping us offer the safest and best quality products enabling people to care for themselves and their families at all stages of life. We have the largest R&D network of any food company in the world, with 34 R&D facilities (3 Science & Research centres and 31 Product Technology Centres and R&D centres worldwide), and over 5,000 people involved in R&D. Our lifecycle approach to manufacturing and sourcing raw materials ensure sustainable processes at every step of the supply chain so that the quality and safety of the final product is never compromised. Every day, our research produces 10,000 safety results across Nestle regional labs and 200,000 analytical results at the factory level.

Nestle’s commitment to a healthier future for all has spurred research on the impact of sugar, salt and trans-fatty acids (TFA) present in our products. We have reduced salt use by 12,000 metric tonnes over the last 10 years and continue to find ways to reduce sugar use and keep TFA levels within standards set by authorities such as the World Health Organization.

We have a significant impact on global agriculture. Nestle accounts for 10% of the world’s coffee and cocoa processing and continually engages with farmers to not just support sustainable production of quality raw materials but also enhance the livelihoods of local communities. We are committed to helping people understand sourcing and quality of raw materials from farm to fork and their impacts on health.

Technologies play a critical role in sustaining our ground-breaking research on food and nutrition. We research on and employ industry-leading technologies across different areas of manufacturing from packaging and equipment, food processing and new beverage systems.

To know more about Nestle’s R&D initiatives, please visit our global R&D page.