Nestlé opens chocolate R&D centre

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Nestlé has opened a research and development facility dedicated to premium and luxury chocolate.The Chocolate Centre of Excellence, at Nestlé's...

Nestlé has opened a research and development facility dedicated to premium and luxury chocolate.

The Chocolate Centre of Excellence, at Nestlé's chocolate factory in Broc, Switzerland, will be operational in the first half of 2009 and will bring together expertise from within and beyond the business including leading chocolatiers, sensory experts and packaging designers.

The investment underlined Nestlé's commitment to luxury and premium products as one of its key strategic areas of focus, with above-average growth and profit potential, said the firm. "In confectionery, the strong growth of dark and premium chocolate is the most visible sign of premiumisation."