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Research & Development

Innovation has been at the heart of our company since its beginning. Whether it’s about convenience, health or pleasure, our R&D team creates trustworthy products, systems and services that contribute to improving the quality of peoples’ lives.

Our R&D team drives projects that go from developing packaging and equipment, to designing food and beverages for the pilot of Solar Impulse, a world-first attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar powered aircraft; working with Imperial College London to improve nutrition, or producing a tiny bouillon cube that tackles iron deficiency.

Clearly, there’s a huge range of projects for scientists, engineers, nutritionists, food technologist, designers, regulatory specialists and consumer care representatives to get involved in.

Our R&D network is the largest in the food industry with involving about 5,000 people in 23 locations worldwide. You can join us in different areas:

Nestlé Product Technology Centres: The Product Technology Centres (PTCs) provide technical development expertise for our product, manufacturing and packaging processes. Each is aligned with a particular business and certain product categories – as such, it acts as a global hub. For instance, the Switzerland PTC offers worldwide know-how on coffee, beverages, cereals, dairy and nutritional products.

Nestlé Application Groups: Attached to individual Nestlé factories, our Application Groups make sure our products reflect local tastes. They also work with PTCs to test scientific applications. Here, you’ll gain broad exposure to everything from petcare with Purina, to chocolate with KitKat.

In-house fundamental research centres: Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences provides and translate biomedical research into personalised science-based nutrition. Nestlé Research Center provides the scientific knowledge and research base for product renovation and innovation. Clinical Development Unit provides medical expertise and manages clinical trials for the company, worldwide.

Afshan's Review of her Nestle job
"For me Nestle has become a constant source of motivation through what I do. Not just within the company but also how it has empowered me through my work. It is very exciting to go out everyday and meet new people, to work with them and experience their story first hand."Afshan Ibrahim