Nestlé has opened its first Research and Development Centre in Ireland at its existing manufacturing facility in Limerick. The three-year building programme comprised a capital investment of approx. $ 30 million. The new R&D centre will focus on scientific research to support innovations in the development of milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products for the global market.
Askeaton/Ireland — The centre was formally opened by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and Thomas Hauser, Head of Global Product and Technology Development for Nestlé. Also attending the official opening today were Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State, Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Orla Battersby, Divisional Manager, Enterprise Ireland and Thierry Philardeau, Head of Nestlé’s Nutrition Strategic Business Unit.
Over 40 research staff are employed at the R&D Centre, which is co-located with the company's Wyeth Nutrition manufacturing plant. Wyeth Nutritionals Ireland produces a range of premium milk powder products for infants, young children and mothers for export to world markets. The R&D Centre will concentrate on developing premium, science-based products for mothers and infants. It incorporates state-of-the-art laboratory facilities as well as a full pilot-scale manufacturing line to facilitate the development, and testing of new products from initial concept through to product deployment.