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Nestlé to establish $53m Product Technology Center in US

FBR Staff Writer Published 28 June 2013

Switzerland-based food giant Nestlé plans to establish a new global Product Technology Center (PTC) at its existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio, with an investment of $53m.

Located on Solon's Cannon Road, the new building will be dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestlé's businesses worldwide.

The 144,000ft² center will feature offices and labs for approximately 100 scientific, professional and technical staff as well as a pilot plant where new recipes and the latest technologies will be tested and evaluated.

Construction of the new facility is expected to begin this summer and commence operations in late 2014.

Nestlé currently operates 11 Product Technology Centers around the world, PTC Solon will be the 12th of these centers and will be led by Sean Westcott as director. .

Nestlé Global research and development head Johannes Baensch said that the R&D effort first established in Solon in 2001 to serve the company's regional needs has matured into a global PTC.

"Here we will establish a critical mass of technology expertise and product knowledge for our global Nestlé frozen and chilled foods business," Baensch added.

The decision to expand the R&D capabilities in Solon demonstrates the growth and complexity of Nestlé's frozen and chilled food businesses. Nestlé leads the US frozen food segment with its well-known brands in various categories.

While catering to Nestlé business units worldwide, the new PTC will continue to support domestic brands including Stouffer's and Lean Cuisine prepared meals and snacks, Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets sandwiches, Buitoni refrigerated pastas and sauces; Nestlé Toll House refrigerated cookie dough, as well as the Digiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone and Jack's brands of frozen pizza.

Nestlé operates the largest R&D network in the world and employs more than 5,000 people across its three Science & Research centers and 31 PTC and R&D centers or 300 application groups worldwide.