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We live in a fast-changing world. Consumer needs evolve quickly. Smaller, faster start-ups constantly appear, to follow and even create new trends. The demand for healthier, more natural products increases daily.

Accelerating innovation

To meet these challenges, we need to be agile, to come up with new ideas and get them to market quickly while maintaining quality and safety. The size of our research and development network and our global reach allow us to use fast prototyping and quick in-market testing. 

 

Examples of our recent innovations in the UK include Wunda, a pea-based beverage that you can use just like milk and Nescafé Gold Blend Roastery Collection, barista-style soluble coffees that harness the company's unique expertise in roasting technology to deliver new taste profiles.

Wunda was developed as part of Nestlé's R+D Accelerator initiative. Working with a start-up mindset, Nestlé 'intrapreneurs' created and scaled-up this great tasting, nutritious pea-based beverage in only six months. 

They had access to the company's unmatched dairy and plant protein expertise as well as proprietary technologies and small to medium scale equipment. The product's neutral taste and high protein content allows it to be fully versatile for many different uses.

two tins Nescafé Gold

Collaborating closely with the company's coffee business, experts at the Nestlé's Coffee Research and Development Centre in Orbe, Switzerland and Marysville, USA developed innovative approaches to roasting for Nescafé Gold Blend Roastery Collection, plus recipes and packaging – all within an eight-month timescale from idea to launch. 

The experts worked tirelessly to perfect different roasting profiles for the Arabica and Robusta beans used in the two blends, experimenting with roasting levels and roasting times to emphasize the natural taste of the different beans fitting the current trend towards specialty coffee. 

 

Plant-based alternatives

With the world population expected to rise to 10 billion by 2050, there is simply not enough land, water and energy to sustain the high meat-based diet we currently enjoy.  

For us, the challenge is simple – to make meals based on plant protein as healthy, flavourful, affordable, and as easy to prepare as meat dishes.

That’s why, at Nestlé, we are increasing our range of tastier and healthier plant-based products for consumers. We are working to adapt our product portfolio as part of our Net Zero Roadmap, to reduce their environmental impact and help meet consumer demand for sustainable products. 

Globally, we have around 300 scientists, engineers and product developers dedicated to the research and development of plant-based products. Located in eight centres around the world, this represents almost 10% of our research and development employees. To complement our internal capabilities, we also collaborate strategically with researchers, suppliers, start-ups and other innovation partners.

Our expanding range of vegan products includes:

Understanding gut health

We partnered with Imperial College London, in 2016, to explore the human microbiome. We want to better understand the role those billions of bacteria in our gut play in the way our bodies respond to food and nutrients.

Read more about our partnership with Imperial College