Nestlé to open Chocolate Centre of Excellence

Monday, 10. March 2008 10:34
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Vevey, 10 March 2008 - Nestlé today announced the establishment of
the Chocolate Centre of Excellence, the company's first R&D facility
entirely dedicated to the development of premium and luxury
chocolate. The new Chocolate Centre of Excellence, located at
Nestlé's chocolate factory in Broc (Switzerland), will be operational
in the first half of 2009 and will bring together both internal and
external know-how of international chocolate-making professionals
such as top confiseurs, sensory experts and packaging designers. The
project launch was attended by Roland Decorvet, market head of Nestlé
Switzerland, and Beat Vonlanthen, Minister of Economic Affairs of the
Canton of Fribourg. Petraea Heynike, Global Head of Nestlé's
Chocolate Strategic Business Unit, and Klaus Zimmermann, Global Head
of Nestlé's R&D and Product Technology Centers, also attended.
The establishment of the new Chocolate Centre of Excellence is a
further sign that Nestlé sees luxury and premium products as one of
its key strategic areas with above-average growth and profit
potential over the coming years. In confectionery, the strong growth
of dark and premium chocolate is the most visible sign of
"premiumisation", as witnessed by strong brands such as Cailler,
Perugina, Baci and Nestlé Noir. It also explains Nestlé's partnership
with Belgian luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini who will provide
inspiration to the team in Broc for some of the company's future
chocolate ranges.

Contacts:
Media: François-Xavier Perroud (Nestlé) Tel.:
+41-21-924 2596
Investors: Roddy Child-Villiers (Nestlé) Tel.: +41-21-924
3622



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