Nestlé launches research programme and promotes transparency

Nestlé has created a joint research programme with Swiss universities and industrial partners. The Future Food Initiative will support Nestlé in the development of trend-based, tasty, nutritious and sustainable food and beverage products.

The initiative brings together Swiss nutritional science and food technology academics and industrial partners including ETH Zurich, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, as well as Swiss companies Nestlé, Bühler and Givaudan. It will encourage food and nutrition research in areas relevant to consumer trends and sustainability.

“To address open scientific questions and challenges related to food trends and sustainable nutrition is key for us as we create tasty and nutritious food for all age groups,” said Stefan Palzer, chief technology officer at Nestlé. “As one of the initiators of this important Swiss research initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to further strengthen the unique Swiss research ecosystem for food and nutrition research.”

A significant part of Nestlé’s global research and development is located in Switzerland. Nestlé Research employs approximately 800 people in Lausanne, where it combines fundamental science with high-end analytical platforms and strong prototyping capabilities to accelerate the translation of science into innovation.

Meanwhile, Nestlé has confirmed that it will disclose the list of suppliers (alongside a variety of data) of its 15 priority commodities. This will accelerate the company’s journey to reach full supply chain transparency. These commodities cover 95 per cent of the company’s annual sourcing of raw materials.

“Consumers want to know what is in their food and where it comes from,” explained Magdi Batato, executive vice president, head of operations, at Nestlé. “Therefore, transparency in our supply chains is essential and we will continue to lead in this area. Following the public disclosure of our palm oil and pulp and paper supply chains last year, we are now pleased to release supply chain information for soya, meat (beef, pork, veal, lamb/mutton), hazelnuts and vanilla.”

The company also plans to publish the supply chain information for its other priority commodities (which include seafood, coconut, vegetables, spices, coffee, cocoa, dairy, poultry, eggs, cereals and sugar) by mid-2019.