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From our beginning, we have used science to improve lives through nutrition.

With our global R&D network, we develop science-based nutritional solutions to support health across life stages. Key research areas include gastrointestinal health, nutrition and dietary recommendations, metabolic health, brain health and personalised nutrition. 

And for many years now we have set the largest research and development network of any food and drink business to the task of reducing added sugar, saturated fat / trans fat and salt and increasing fibre-rich grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Centres of research and innovation in the UK and Ireland

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Research and Development Centre - Askeaton, Ireland

Our Research and Development Centre in Askeaton, Ireland incorporates state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and a full pilot-scale manufacturing line for the development and testing of new milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products.
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Nestlé Product Technology Centre for Confectionery - York, UK

Nestlé Product Technology Centre in York houses a team of up to 200 scientists, engineers and product developers. Their research and development work focuses on purpose-driven innovation for our confectionery business in the UK and Ireland and for our global markets. 

We accelerate innovation with rapid prototyping and market testing in new growing trends as well as developing new, great tasting and more sustainable ways for our consumers to enjoy confectionery.

Nestlé Health Science - empowering healthier lives through nutrition

Nestlé Health Science offers a wide range of science-based products for people from all walks of life.

Our medical nutrition range is designed to help with the dietary management of health conditions, and includes tube feeds, specialist formulas for children with cows’ milk allergy, as well as food and drink thickeners for those with swallowing difficulties. All of our foods for special medical purposes are for use under medical supervision from a healthcare professional.

You can also buy some of our products online, for those wanting to optimise their day-to-day health. 



As we age, our dietary needs change, and it can be challenging to stay healthy, active and energetic. Our Meritene range of shakes and soups contains protein and up to 21 vitamins and minerals to provide extra nutrition when you need it most.

  • Iron, Zinc, Vitamins B2, B6, B12 to reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Proteins to maintain muscle mass and bones
  • Vitamin D and Calcium to contribute to the maintenance of bones
  • Iron and Zinc to help support the immune system.

Explore the Meritene range


Peptamen offers the widest range of specialist 100% whey peptide tube feed formulas available. Peptamen has over 30 years of experience in helping to meet patients’ nutritional needs, especially for those who struggle to digest and absorb ‘standard’ tube feeds. Peptamen uses a type of whey protein that is broken down into smaller sizes called peptides – these are easier for the body to digest and absorb, and can be gentler on the stomach, compared to whole proteins commonly found in ‘standard’ feeds.

Find out more about Nestlé Health Science and our brands here: Home | Nestlé Health Science UK.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their babies have cows' milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counselling to completely exclude all sources of cows' milk protein from the mothers’ diet. If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution can make babies ill. Incorrect storage, handling, preparation and feeding can eventually lead to adverse effects on the health of babies. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.

Nestlé Nutrition - nurturing babies and toddlers and supporting their parents

Since our start in a pharmacy in 1867, we have been innovators. The strength and credibility of our research means a lot to us and we use our size and scale to invest significant time, money and expertise into research. From our Research and Development Centre in Askeaton, Ireland, we develop and test new milk-based maternal and infant nutrition products.

A look at our science 

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infant feeding facts

 5. Bocquet, Alain, et al. “Effect of Infant and FollowOn Formulas Containing B Lactis and Galacto-and Fructo-Oligosaccharides on Infection in Healthy Term Infants.” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 57.2 (2013): 180-187. 6. Chouraqui, Jean-Pierre, Louis-Dominique Van Egroo, and Marie-Claire Fichot. “Acidified Milk Formula Supplemented With Bifidobacterium Lactis: Impact on Infant Diarrhea in Residential Care Settings.” Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 38.3 (2004): 288-292. 7. Mohan, Ruchika, et al. “Effects of Bifidobacterium Lactis Bb12 Supplementation on Intestinal Microbiota of Preterm Infants: a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Study.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology 44.11 (2006): 4025-4031. 8. Mohan, Ruchika, et al. “Effects of Bifidobacterium Lactis Bb12 Supplementation on Body Weight, Fecal Ph, Acetate, Lactate, Calprotectin, and Iga in Preterm Infants.” Pediatric Research 64.4 (2008): 418. 9. Steenhout, P. G., Rochat, F., & Hager, C. “The Effect of Bifidobacterium Lactis on the Growth of Infants: a Pooled Analysis of Randomized Controlled Studies.” Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 55.4 (2009): 334-340. 10. Fox, Mary Kay, et al. “Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study: What Foods are Infants and Toddlers Eating?.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 104 (2004): 22-30. 11. Denney, Liya, C. K. Reidy, and Alison L. Eldridge. “Differences in Complementary Feeding of 6 to 23 Month Olds in China, US and Mexico.” Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Science 4 (2016): 1-8. 12. von Berg, Andrea, et al. “The Effect of Hydrolyzed Cow’s Milk Formula for Allergy Prevention in the First Year of Life: the German Infant Nutritional Intervention Study, a Randomized Double-Blind Trial.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 111.3 (2003): 533-540. 13. Baumgartner, M., et al. “Controlled Trials Investigating the Use of One Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Formula for Dietary Prevention of Atopic Manifestations Until 60 Months of Age: an Overview Using Meta-Analytical Techniques.” Nutrition Research 18.8 (1998): 1425-1442. 14. von Berg, Andrea, et al. “Certain Hydrolyzed Formulas Reduce the Incidence of Atopic Dermatitis but not that of Asthma: Three-Year Results of the German Infant Nutritional Intervention Study.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 119.3 (2007): 718-725. 15. von Berg, Andrea, et al. “Preventive Effect of Hydrolyzed Infant Formulas Persists Until Age 6 Years: LongTerm Results From the German Infant Nutritional Intervention Study (GINI).” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 121.6 (2008): 1442-1447. 16. von Berg, Andrea, et al. “Allergies in High-Risk Schoolchildren After Early Intervention with Cow’s Milk Protein Hydrolysates: 10-Year Results From the German Infant Nutritional Intervention (GINI) study.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 131.6 (2013): 1565-1573.


Learn how research guides our food for infants and young children here: Science:Our Main Ingredient Infographic(


Purina Institute – advancing science for pet health

The Purina Institute shares ground-breaking research from more than 500 Purina scientists and pet care experts, working across an extensive network of eight R&D facilities around the world. The Purina R&D team is unparalleled in its size and encompasses a wide range of specialties, including nutritionists, veterinarians, behaviorists, immunologists, chemists, molecular biologists, food scientists, palatability experts, and specialists in genomics and bioinformatics.

Purina Pro Plan

Purina Pro Plan diets provide leading-edge nutrition for cats and dogs at every life stage.

Every Pro Plan recipe is a complete and balanced blend of essential nutrients for good health, made from ingredients that are:

  • carefully selected
  • top quality
  • easily digestible.

Pro Plan LiveClear – 47% less allergens*

After more than a decade of research, our scientists at Purina developed the first safe and effective cat food that reduces allergens by an average of 47%. All cats produce the allergen Fel d1, in their saliva.

But, when they eat LiveClear, a protein sourced from eggs binds to the Fel d1, neutralising it**. When fed daily, LiveClear significantly reduces the allergens in cat hair and dander. It can help as many as one in five adults and countless cat-owning households worldwide to better enjoy interactions with the cats they love.

Managing cat allergens 

*Satyaraj, E., Gardner, C., Filipi, I., Cramer, K. & Sherrill, S. (2019). Reduction of active Fel d 1 from cats using an antiFel d 1 egg IgY antibody. Immunity, Inflammation & Disease. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/iid3.244
**Satyaraj, E., Li, Q., Sun, P. & Sherrill, S. Anti-Fel d 1 immunoglobulin Y antibody-containing egg ingredient lowers allergen levels in cat saliva. Submitted, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

Find out more about Purina Institute.