First Nestle R&D centre in Ireland

Photo by Nestle Jennifer Scully Curran, senior laboratory technician and Dan O'Callaghan, head of R&D at the Nestle centre in Askeaton

Nestle has opened its first R&D centre in Ireland. The new facility will be located at the Wyeth Infant Nutrition Formula manufacturing facility in Askeaton, County Limerick.

The R&D centre will focus on development of milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products for the global market. More than 40 researchers will be based at the Limerick site.

In December 2018, Nestle announced that it would open the Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland, in mid-2019. The institute will be responsible for redesigning packaging across all product categories and global regions, with the goal of making 100% of all packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025.  

A spokesperson for Nestle said: “The new R&D center in Ireland is well integrated with our global R&D organization, and will collaborate with the newly-announced Institute of Packaging Sciences to discover and develop novel packaging solutions for our maternal and infant nutrition products.”

The new facility in Ireland took three years to complete at an investment cost of €27m. The project was supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Speaking at the opening, Michael Creed, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, said: “This is a strategically important investment for Ireland by the world’s largest food and beverage company. We are honoured to have a world-leading research facility… that will bring health benefits to infants, mothers and children worldwide.”