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Nestlé: new accelerator for the development of dairy and vegetable products

6 months to bring new ideas from the concept to the test laboratory

Nestlé has launched a new research and development (R&D) acceleration program in an effort to boost innovation in sustainable dairy and plant-based dairy alternatives.
The accelerator, located in the company's research and development center in Konolfingen, Switzerland, will be used as a platform for start-ups, students and scientists to leverage Nestlé's dairy expertise and plant proteins for immediate development of ideas and new commercial products. The project predicts that in just six months, internal and external teams will leverage Nestlé's expertise to bring new ideas from the concept to the test lab.

Research groups will also have access to a fully equipped test kitchen, with instrumentation for small and medium-sized production, as well as a co-working office space. Nestlé's Konolfingen Center is the company's largest R&D center for dairy products and plant-based milk alternatives. Products dedicated to infant nutrition are also developed here.

"Our goal is to provide start-ups, students and scientists with the key resources to rapidly conceive new ideas through six-month test labs and a learning approach," said Thomas Hauser , Head of Global Product and Technology Development at Nestlé. He added: "By drawing on our experience in food science, food safety, regulation, manufacturing and packaging processes, they can rapidly improve and test new products under real market conditions."

This year, the company has developed a number of plant-based milk alternatives such as Carnation vegan condensed milk and a plant-based version of the powdered Milo malt drink. "The innovation of dairy products and plant-based dairy alternatives is at the heart of Nestlé's strategy as well as our sustainability program," said Mark Schneider , CEO of the company.

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