Nestle opens West African R.&D. Center
April 30, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestle has opened a new R.&D. center in Abidjan in West Africa. The new center will help improve the quality of locally sourced raw materials and help adapt products to the nutritional needs and tastes of West African consumers.
Nestle believes having better quality crops in West Africa will allow Nestle to source more raw materials locally, and this will in turn raise the income and the quality of life for local farmers. The center also will help Nestle in addressing the problem of disease and ageing plantations, which the West African cocoa harvest faces every year, by helping establish millions of high-yielding, disease-resistant cocoa trees across the region.
Nestle already has provided assistance in Ecuador and Indonesia to help produce superior cocoa tree varieties with 1.1 million such plantlets being distributed in Indonesia since last year with hopes to reach 70 million in 2011. Nestle has taken similar efforts in coffee, and during the last five years Nestle coffee propagation projects in Mexico and Thailand have provided farmers with about 1.5 million high-yielding and disease-resistant plantlets every year.