Nestlé to invest €25m in 'significant expansion' of Wyeth plant in Limerick

Nestlé to invest €25m in 'significant expansion' of Wyeth plant in Limerick

Nestle Research Research and Development staff working in Wyeth, Askeaton Picture: Sean Curtin/Fusionshooters

NESTLÉ has announced it is to invest €25 million in a ‘significant expansion’ of its Research and Development Centre in Limerick.

The expansion will take place at Wyeth, Nestlé`s existing plant in Askeaton. The plant produces a range of powdered milk-based products for infants, young children and mothers for export to world markets.

The new R&D centre is expected to open in 2017 and will focus on ‘global production innovation’ for Wyeth’s infant and maternal nutrition business, the company said.

“Nestlé has a long-standing reputation for excellence in food and nutrition research. This Centre will be a leading laboratory in food and life sciences to continue to position Nestlé at the fore of infant and maternal nutritional product development,” said Stefan Catsicas, Chief Technology Officer.

“It will enable our scientists to explore nutritional opportunities that can improve the health and wellness of children’s lives. This major product development centre will be an essential part of our Global Nestlé Nutrition R&D network,” he added.

The enhanced facility at Askeaton will incorporate state of the art laboratory facilities as well as a full pilot-scale manufacturing line to facilitate development and testing of new products from initial concept through to finished product development.

The project is being is supported by Enterprise Ireland.

Michael Cantwell, director of the food division at Enterprise Ireland, said the investment was “strategically important for Ireland and is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the Irish dairy industry and the research connectedness.

“Nestlé’s decision to extend its R&D centre at its manufacturing plant at the Askeaton site is of critical strategic importance and underpins Nestlé’s commitment to its Irish based operations,” he added.