Nestlé is upgrading its 40-year-old R&D facilities in Singapore to feature state-of-the-art labs, experimental kitchens, consumer testing, sensory evaluations rooms, open working spaces, as well as Nestlé's fundamental research hub. This will enable faster translation of breakthrough science into nutritious, great-tasting products for people, across all life stages.

The upgraded facilities also include a new regional R&D Accelerator, part of Nestlé's global R&D Accelerator network. It provides a world-class platform for start-ups, students, and Nestlé employees in the region to develop and test novel concepts in under six months. They will have access to Nestlé's R&D expertise, co-working spaces, and small to medium-scale production equipment to facilitate the rapid upscaling of products for a test launch in real market conditions.

Thomas Hauser, Head of Global Product and Technology Development for Nestlé says, "Our R&D center in Singapore has a long history of developing innovative products for South East Asia that are inspired by the cultural diversity and different local cuisines. Upgrading the center with state-of-the-art facilities including the new R&D Accelerator is proof of our long-term commitment to the region. We will also be able to respond to food and beverage trends and challenges more quickly and efficiently."

Over the years, the R&D center has contributed significantly to the innovation of many products across brands such as coffee mixes, powdered beverages such as Milo, culinary products, plant-based foods & beverages and ice-cream.

For example, using its expertise in coffee creamers innovation, local experts developed a range of great-tasting, creamy Nescafé Gold non-dairy lattes in only eight months, which are now available in over 20 countries. This expertise was also leveraged for the launch of Starbucks plant-based Silky Soy Latte and Toasted Oat Lattes.

R&D Singapore experts also support the development of plant-based meal solutions for both retail and out-of-home for the Harvest Gourmet brand. They ensure that products are adapted for Asian consumers, using local cuisine applications such as dumplings, stir fry, braising, katsudon, and more.

The R&D center in Singapore is part of Nestlé's global R&D organization which consists of 23 locations around the world. By strengthening the center's capabilities, it can better accelerate the innovation of science-based products across life stages, in a way that's good for you and the planet.