September 29, 2020


Nestlé launches R&D accelerator for dairy products and plant-based dairy alternatives


Nestlé inaugurated on September 28 a new R&D accelerator to drive innovation and speed-to-market of sustainable dairy products, as well as plant-based dairy alternatives.

Located at Nestlé's R&D centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland, the accelerator provides a platform for start-ups, students and scientists to leverage Nestlé's dairy and plant protein expertise to quickly bring products from ideation to commercialisation.

The R&D centre is the company's largest for dairy products and plant-based dairy alternatives. The centre develops new product concepts for Nestlé's dairy and infant nutrition businesses before they are introduced to consumers around the world.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, says, "Innovation in milk products and plant-based dairy alternatives is core to Nestlé's portfolio strategy, as well as our sustainability agenda. As a company, we have set ambitious climate goals. This is part of our promise to develop products that are good for you and good for the planet."

The accelerator features a fully equipped test kitchen, as well as a co-working office space. Internal, external and mixed teams will leverage Nestlé's capabilities to bring novel ideas from concept to test shop within six months. They will have access to Nestlé expertise and key equipment such as small to medium scale production equipment to facilitate the rapid upscaling of products for a test launch in a retail environment.

Thomas Hauser, head of Global Product and Technology Development at Nestlé says, "Our goal is to provide start-ups, students and Nestlé scientists with key resources to quickly explore new ideas through a six-month test-and-learn approach. By tapping into our expertise in food science, food safety, regulatory, manufacturing processes, and packaging, they can rapidly upscale and test new products in real market conditions."

The accelerator is part of Nestlé's global R&D Accelerator initiative which was first launched at Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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