Nestle Expands Into Personalized Nutrition to Prevent and Treat Common Health Conditions
Nestle is often associated with chocolate (bars, ice cream, chocolate milk), but the food giant also creates healthcare nutritional products such as Optifast and PowerBar and baby food products including Gerber brands. Today, Nestle announced an expansion into the medical nutrition field by creating two new divisions: Nestle Health Science SA and the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences.
Nutrition has been key to Nestle's success
Nutrition has been a cornerstone of Nestle since the company was founded in 1867 by Henri Nestle, a chemist particularly interested in infant and child nutrition. The company, based in Switzerland, entered the healthcare nutrition area in 1986 and today has products and services in four business divisions, including infant nutrition, performance nutrition, healthcare nutrition, and weight management. Over 30 major brands are sold world wide.
The two new companies created will help Nestle develop into the areas of personalized health science nutrition to prevent and treat such common health conditions as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s.
Nestle Health Science SA will become operational on January 1, 2011. The new company will incorporate the existing Nestle Healthcare division which creates specialized nutritional products, such as Boost, an oral nutritional supplement for patients who are undernourished and cannot maintain weight through food alone. The company also has such specialized enteral nutrition products such as Nutren Jr. (for pediatric patients), Peptamen (a tube feeding product for those critically ill), Optifast (a medically monitored weight reduction program), and Boost Glucose Control for diabetic patients.
The company will also bring the hugely popular Jenny Craig Weight Management program to Europe, starting in France.
The Nestle Institute of Health Sciences will be part of the organization’s R&D network which will conduct research into how nutritional strategies improve health and longevity. The Institute will be based at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne) and be run by Emmanuel E. Baetge, former Chief Scientific Officer of ViaCyte, a biotech company based in San Diego.
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke said: “The creation of Nestlé Health Science S.A. and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences is the best way to focus our attention and organize our unique capabilities and competencies to seize this promising business opportunity. The new set-up will give us a pioneering and leading role in this entirely new industry, while at the same time allowing us to keep the necessary focus on Nestlé’s extremely important food, beverages and nutrition business, as embodied by our binding promise of Good Food, Good Life.”