USA – Nestlé Health Science has opened a new US$70 million Product Technology Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey to serve as its global research and development hub.
According to Nestle, the new facility which was built over a period of three years will offer capabilities in nutrition while improving the life and health of its customers around the globe.
The Nestlé Product Technology Center employs 170 people, equipped with advanced capabilities across the R&D lifecycle including rapid prototyping, sensory science, production and commercialization.
Nestle said that the facility allows to reduce packaging and produce lighter weight products, part of its global ambition to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
“The opening of the Nestlé Product Technology Center comes at an exciting time, when the potential for science-based nutritional solutions is accelerating,” said Thomas Hauser, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Product & Technology Development for Nestlé.
“With this advanced center leading the way, we’re able to leverage Nestlé’s global R&D efforts here in New Jersey to rapidly translate science into innovation for consumers, patients and healthcare professionals.
We’re also advantaged by the fact that the facility is co-located with the U.S. headquarters of Nestlé Health Science, allowing for deep integration between the R&D and commercial sides of the business in our largest market.”
Since it began operations, the facility has embarked on innovation with the development of Boost Kid Essentials which reduces sugar, removes artificial colors and simplify ingredients.
It was also critical in the launch of Compleat Organic Blends and introduction of new Boost and Carnation Breakfast Essentials formulations.
All the developments are centered at offering consumers simplified formulas, organic alternatives and higher levels of protein.
“We approach sustainability as the right way to do business,” said Greg Behar, CEO of Nestlé Health Science.
“Our science-driven nutrition portfolio continues to evolve towards cleaner recipes based on more sustainably sourced ingredients, while improving our environmental footprint including packaging.”
“At Nestlé Health Science, our growth strategy is driven by continuing to meet the needs of a diverse set of consumers and patients, aligned with market trends.”
The facility will promote market collaborations in evolving a rich portfolio of products in healthy aging, diabetes and paediatrics, oncology, food allergies and gut health.