Nestlé USA, Arlington, Va., announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieving the company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
"We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products,” says Mark Schneider, chief executive officer. “To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our impact on the natural environment while safely delivering to our consumers’ healthier and tastier products."
The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, which is part of Nestlé’s global research organization, will be located in Lausanne, Switzerland, will employ around 50 people and include a state-of-the-art laboratory complex as well as facilities for rapid prototyping.
In close collaboration with the company’s global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials. Research focus areas will include recyclable, biodegradable or compostable polymers, functional paper, as well as new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging. The new solutions will be tested in various product categories before being rolled out across Nestlé’s global portfolio.
"Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers,” adds Stefan Palzer, chief technology officer. “The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions. Cutting-edge science as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing environmentally friendly packaging solutions."