[6 December/FoodNavigator]

Nestlé says it will research recyclable, biodegradable and compostable polymers, functional paper, new packaging concepts and technologies to increase the recyclability of plastic packaging. This is part of a programme of work which will be tested in different product categories before rolling it out across the group’s global portfolio. A spokesperson for Nestle said that the institute will be operational mid-2019 and will be located at Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. They added it will work closely with academic partners, start-ups and suppliers. New materials will then be tested and applied across categories at Nestlés Product Technology Centers around the world, before they are rolled out commercially. Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé, said the company wants to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging for its food and beverage products, while also addressing the growing packaging waste problem.