Nestlé opens research and development center in Solon

SOLON, Ohio — Nestlé has completed the $50 million Nestlé Research & Development Center in Solon. It is designed to focus on the company’s frozen and chilled foods.

The 144,000-square-foot facility will focus on combining consumer-centered innovation with technology leadership.

While the center’s mission is to sustain global needs, its location in Ohio reflects the growth in size and complexity of Nestlé’s frozen and chilled foods businesses in the United States, where well-known Nestlé brands lead in their various categories. That growth made an expanded and collaborative research and development effort necessary.

“Few areas of research are as complex as food research,” said Johannes Baensch, head of Global Product & Technology Development, Nestec Ltd. “Nestlé has a long-standing reputation for excellence in research on food and nutrition and this Research Center is regarded as one of the world’s leading laboratories in food and life sciences. By creating Nestlé R&D Solon, we are transporting a significant piece of our global research expertise to the United States, our largest global market.”

Nestlé has long been a steady employer in the region. With the 2014 move of Nestlé Pizza to Solon and the opening of this facility, Nestlé now employs over 2,200 in the Cleveland area and 3,400 in Ohio. Nestlé R&D Solon houses 120 chefs, consumer researchers, packaging specialists, designers, engineers and scientists; over 40 employees have joined the center since the project was announced in 2013.

Photo courtesy of Nestlé

Source: PR Newswire

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