Swiss centre will help start-ups launch innovative new products
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Nestlé today inaugurated a new R&D accelerator focused on sustainable dairy products and plant-based dairy alternatives.

Located at Nestlé’s R&D centre in Konolfingen, Switzerland, the accelerator will provide a platform for start-ups, students and scientists to leverage Nestlé’s dairy and plant protein knowledge to launch new products.

The centre at Konolfingen develops new product concepts for Nestlé’s dairy and infant nutrition businesses before the products are launched around the world.

The accelerator has 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 in only six months – and the teams will have access to small to medium scale production equipment to help them upscale products for test launches in retail environments.

Speaking at the inauguration Nestlé chief executive Mark Schneider said: “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.”

Thomas Hauser, head of global product and technology development at Nestlé added: “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.”

Date published: 28 September 2020

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