R&D Singapore (formerly known as Eastreco (Pte) Ltd) was Nestlé’s first R&D Centre in Asia, responding to the fast economic growth in the region. Singapore was chosen due to its well connected infrastructure, politically stable, open door policies, sound economic and with uniquely pleasant multi-cultural society.
The foundation stone for R&D Singapore was laid on 23rd September 1980. By March 1982, the new building became operational with a team of chefs, food technologists, process engineers, mechanical engineers, chemists and microbiologists.
A Regional Quality Assurance laboratory was established at R&D Singapore in 1982. It is still part of a global network of laboratories that ensure the safety and quality of Nestlé products.
Based on the success of R&D Singapore, two other R&D Centres were established in Shanghai and Beijing.
R&D Singapore Today
Nestlé R&D Singapore
R&D Singapore serves Nestlé’s fastest growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and Australia. It is a partner in Nestlé’s global network of 29 Product Technology Centres and R&D Centres. R&D Singapore employs approximately 100 people, and has a multicultural environment (15 different nationalities).
Today, positions include engineering and technical staff, laboratory staff, packaging and design experts, food scientists and technologists, development chefs, pilot plant operators and warehouse staff.
R&D Singapore has a deep understanding of Southeast Asian and South Asian Cuisine and Cooking techniques. With that, the Centre has strong partnerships with Economic Development Board, Agri-Food Veterinary Authority, Health Promotion Board, local and international Universities, Polytechnics, Flavour Houses, Chef Associations.
As part of its commitment to sustainable development and Creating Shared Value, R&D Singapore is leading key initiatives that will continuously reduce the environmental impact of its products and packaging. Our strategy is to systematically use Eco design. To this end Nestlé has developed and implemented systems including the PIQET tool, which help to develop the best packaging solution. The PIQET tool allows you to compare different scenarios for the impact on the environment (including impact on CO2 footprint, water use, land use, air pollution, energy use, solid waste).
Markus Froehlich is the Director of R&D Singapore since 2012.