Nestlé creates research institute of packaging sciences
Nestle creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda.
Nestlé has announced the creation of the Nestle Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: “We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our impact on the natural environment while safely delivering to our consumers healthier and tastier products.”
This is a step further to achieving the company's commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
Located in Lausanne Switzerland, the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences will include around 50 employees and a state-of-the-art laboratory complex, as well as facilities for rapid prototyping.
In close collaboration with the company's global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, they will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials. The research focus areas will include: recycable, biodegradable or compostable polymers and functional paper, along with new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging.
Nestlé Chief Technology Officer, Stefan Palzer, said, “Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers. The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions. Cutting-edge science as well as a close collaboration with globally leading academic institutions and industrial partners will deliver a pipeline of highly performing environmentally friendly packaging solutions.”