Nestlé has announced that it is upgrading its R&D facilities in Singapore, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its opening.
The R&D centre has played a key role in developing new products and technologies for South East Asia and beyond over the last four decades.
Commenting on the centre, Chris Johnson, CEO for Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, said: “All food is local. If you want to be successful in our business, you need a good understanding of the flavours people love, the dishes they want to serve to their families, the food trends they want to try. That’s why it’s so important to have a research and development team in Singapore, here in the heart of South East Asia, a centre of excellence driving innovation and product development in Asia, for Asia.”
The upgraded facilities feature state-of-the-art labs, experimental kitchens, consumer testing, sensory evaluations rooms, open working spaces, as well as Nestlé’s fundamental research hub.
The upgrade will also include a new regional R&D accelerator, providing a “world-class platform” for start-ups, students and Nestlé employees in the region to develop and test novel concepts in under six months.
Thomas Hauser, head of global product and technology development for Nestlé added: “Our R&D centre in Singapore has a long history of developing innovative products for South East Asia that are inspired by the cultural diversity and different local cuisines”.
“Upgrading the centre with state-of-the-art facilities including the new R&D Accelerator is proof of our long-term commitment to the region. We will also be able to respond to food and beverage trends and challenges more quickly and efficiently,” he said.
The R&D centre will continue trialling innovations and new products across brands such as coffee mixes, powdered beverages such as Milo, culinary products, plant-based foods & beverages and ice cream.
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