Nestlé yesterday announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
The confectionary giant said that its new initiative is dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions.
“We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products" said Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider.
"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."
Research & Development
In close collaboration with the Company’s global R&D network, academic partners, suppliers and start-ups, the institute will evaluate the safety and functionality of various sustainable packaging materials, the company said.
According to Nestlé research focus areas will include recyclable, biodegradable or compostable polymers, functional paper, as well as new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging.
The new solutions will be tested in various product categories, before they are rolled out across Nestlé’s global portfolio.
“Packaging plays a crucial role in helping us deliver safe and nutritious products to our consumers," Nestlé Chief Technology Officer Stefan Palzer said.
"The new Institute of Packaging Sciences will enable us to accelerate the redesign of our packaging solutions."
The Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, which is part of Nestlé’s global research organization, will be located in Lausanne, Switzerland and will employ in the region of 50 staff.
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