Nestle dedicates Ohio food service culinary center

by Josh Sosland
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SOLON, OHIO — Showing the importance the company sees both in research and development and the food service business, Nestle S.A. on Nov. 18 dedicated a new "Professional Customer Innovation Campus" in Solon, southeast of Cleveland.

Nestle said the company is investing about 17 million Swiss francs ($14.1 million) at the facility, which will employ 100, including "world-class chefs."

Nestle built the center for the development of culinary food solutions for food service business. Leading the dedication were Marc Caira, global business executive, Nestle Professional (Nestle’s food service division); Jorge Sadurni, president of Nestle Professional Americas; and Kevin Patton, mayor of Solon.

Annual spending at restaurants is expected to approach $400 billion in 2008, and Nestle said this figure could double over the next 10 years.

"Over the coming years, Nestle Professional will invite chefs and executives from a variety of food service segments — restaurants, hotels, schools and business facilities — to the Customer Innovation Campus to learn more about key consumer trends and collaborate on the development of customized menu and food solutions."

The facility is Nestle’s second dedicated to food service with the first built in Switzerland. The company said it has the largest research and development network of any food and beverage company, with a 2007 investment of 1.88 billion Swiss francs.

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