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Nestlé to Extend R&D Center in Ireland

Nestlé announced it will invest over €25 million in a significant expansion of its research and development center in Askeaton, Ireland.

The enhanced facility will be located at Nestlé`s existing plant in Askeaton, which produces a range of high-quality premium powdered milk-based products for infants, young children, and mothers for export to world markets.

The R&D center will focus on global product innovation for Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition infant and maternal nutrition business and is anticipated to open in late 2017.

“Nestlé has a long-standing reputation for excellence in food and nutrition research,” said Stefan Catsicas, chief technology officer, Nestlé Research. “This center will be a leading laboratory in food and life sciences to continue to position Nestlé at the fore of infant and maternal nutritional product development. It will enable our scientists to explore nutritional opportunities that can improve the health and wellness of children’s lives. This major product development center will be an essential part of our Global Nestlé Nutrition R&D network.”

The extended R&D center, part of Nestlé`s global R&D network of close to 5000 people, will concentrate on developing premium, high-quality, innovative, science-based products for mothers and infants.

It will incorporate state of the art laboratory facilities, as well as a full pilot-scale manufacturing line to facilitate development and testing of new products from initial concept through to finished product development.

The project investment is being supported by Enterprise Ireland.

“This is a strategically important investment for Ireland and is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the Irish dairy industry and the research connectedness in Ireland,” said Michael Cantwell, director of the Food Division, Enterprise Ireland. “Nestlé’s decision to extend its R&D center at its manufacturing plant at the Askeaton site is of critical strategic importance and underpins Nestlé’s commitment to its Irish based operations.”

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