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Nestle invests $31m to expand Dublin quality assurance center

FBR Staff Writer Published 11 August 2016

Swiss food giant Nestle has invested $31m to expand its quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, which supports its food safety programs.

Nestle said that the newly expanded center is now the lead quality assurance center for all its businesses in the Americas.

The investment has doubled the center’s size to 82,000ft2, including an expanded 32,000ft2 microbiology lab.

The expansion also includes completely renovated chemistry lab and associated facilities that improve safety for all products tested.

Nestle said that the its quality assurance center (NQAC) has the capacity to  test virtually every Nestlé product, ingredient and manufacturing environment to verify that they conform to all applicable regulatory requirements.

Nestlé USA quality management vice president Gregory Pritchard said: “At Nestlé, each and every employee is accountable for food quality and safety, and we are investing in the leading tools in the world to ensure quality that allows our millions of consumers to have confidence in our products.

The Dublin center employs over 220 chemists, microbiologists, food scientists, quality specialists and support staff.

 NQAC Americas head Aaron Ayres said: “Together, the NQACs around the world perform more than three million analyses per year for the full range of Nestlé products.”

In 2015, Nestlé supported the frozen and chilled business with a $50 million investment in the Nestlé Research and Development Center, Solon.

Nestle’s Solon, Ohio campus serves as headquarters for Nestle USA’s Frozen, Baking, and Pizza and Snacks divisions.

NQAC Americas regional manager Edgar Vanegas said: “We recognize that we have a responsibility to the public and hold all of our foods and beverages to the highest safety and quality standards. This is a responsibility we never take lightly.”