The new R&D centre will lead Nestlé’s global research and development in biscuits and cereal-based snacks, focusing on innovation and renovation of products.
R&D Santiago will bring together specialists from various fields, including nutrition, engineering, product development and quality control. The development of new technologies at R&D Santiago will help to reduce sugar and fat levels to make biscuits lighter, without compromising taste or texture.
R&D Santiago will also develop biscuits with bioactive ingredients to improve digestive health, as well as fortified products to address local micronutrient deficiencies, thereby adapting biscuits to local tastes and needs. ??
“The research at this centre will provide exciting opportunities for innovation in a very important product category,” said Nestlé CEO, Paul Bulcke. “It will allow us to offer consumers in Latin America and beyond the choice of tasty, healthy, more nutritious biscuits.”
Nestlé’s growing and profitable biscuit business amounted to SFr1.4bn in 2008, with 60% of sales achieved in Latin America. Overall, Latin America is an important region for Nestlé, where the company has been present for many decades and reached sales of SFr15.5bn in 2008.
In Chile, Nestlé has been present for 76 years, and has seven production facilities in different parts of the country. The new centre in Santiago will benefit from synergies between R&D and biscuit manufacturing by being based at Nestlé’s industrial site in Maipú, which employs more than 1,200 people.
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