Nestlé sets up agriculture research institute

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Nestlé announced the establishment of the Nestlé Institute of Agricultural Sciences to identify the most promising agricultural innovations and translate novel agricultural science into concrete applications.

Plant science, dairy livestock, and agricultural systems science will be the focus of the new institute.

Based in state-of-the-art facilities in Lausanne, Switzerland – which are due to be formally inaugurated later this year – the institute will examine and combine science-based solutions to improve the nutritional and sensory aspects, as well as the environmental impact of agricultural raw materials, in close collaboration with internal and external partners.

“Our transition towards a regenerative food system is enabled by agricultural science and new agricultural technologies,” said Stefan Palzer, Nestlé CTO in a media release.

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“The new institute will accelerate the translation of science into concrete solutions that can be implemented at farm level, to support farmers globally in improving their environmental footprint, in reducing food and nutrient losses, and in better adapting to climate change while ensuring the quality of the raw materials they produce.”

The institute will also collaborate with external partners to increase biodiversity and soil health by lowering emissions in dairy farming, developing regenerative agriculture techniques, and developing regenerative agriculture methods.

The centre will also look into novel ways to upcycle agricultural by-products in order to prevent nutrient loss and food waste along the agricultural value chain.

“The work in agricultural sciences will complement our broad expertise at Nestlé Research, ranging from food safety to health science, material science and packaging,” said Isabelle Bureau-Franz, Head of Nestlé Research.

“We will leverage our scientific breadth to drive holistic approaches, contributing to concrete solutions and innovation applied throughout the value chain, including in products,”

The Nestlé Institute of Agricultural Sciences will also work closely with academic institutions and research organizations, as well as start-ups, industry partners, and farmers, in order to evaluate and develop science-based solutions that can be implemented and scaled up across the company’s supply chain while improving farmers’ livelihoods and incomes.

“At the institute we will screen a wide variety of science-based agricultural solutions and assess their potential for reducing the environmental footprint of key agricultural raw materials,” said Jeroen Dijkman, Head of the Institute of Agricultural Sciences.

“Together with our research and industry partners we want to bring the most promising approaches and solutions to farmers and contribute to their transition to regenerative practices with scalable and impactful applications.”

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