VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestle S.A. will bring together its two scientific discovery units, the Nestle Research Center and the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences, to build one organization called Nestle Research. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nestle Research will employ about 800 people and will consist of three research institutes: Health Sciences, Material Sciences, and Food Safety & Analytical Sciences.

Nestle’s researchers collaborate with scientists at local and international academic institutions in efforts to make scientific discoveries and improve the quality of Nestle’s products. Vevey-based Nestle has sought to reduce sugar, salt and saturated fat content in products while increasing positive nutrients. The company through science and technology also addresses other issues such as non-communicable diseases, micronutrient deficiencies and sustainability.

“Nestle’s success is built on meeting fast-changing consumer demand around the world,” said Mark Schneider, chief executive officer. “In this dynamic environment, innovation leadership is key to winning in the market place. Strengthening our discovery research capabilities will give us an edge when it comes to developing the technologies for the next generation of must-have products.”