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A*STAR signs agreement with Nestlé to strengthen food & nutrition R&D in Singapore
Date:1/22/2014

1. Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has entered into a research agreement with Nestl today to help boost the company's expansion in R&D in the country. This agreement signed by the two organisations will set the stage for cutting-edge research in areas including packaged food and beverages, food ingredients, nutrition, food manufacturing processes, food science and technology, as well as biotransformation .

2. The framework research agreement will bring together both partners' capabilities and expertise in a range of advanced technologies and research fields that will help Nestl to optimise its production processes and to provide nutritional foods for Nestl's consumers. A*STAR has been developing research capabilities in food and nutrition as one of its five strategic research priorities in the biomedical sciences. This partnership will thus also boost A*STAR's capabilities as the research collaborator of choice in Asia for the global food and nutrition industry.

3. As Asian consumers become more educated and affluent, many food and nutrition companies like Nestl are responding by developing food, health and wellness products customised for Asian markets. In four years, Singapore's total manufacturing output for the food manufacturing sector increased from S$5.7 billion in 2007 to S$8.4 billion in 2011, while the value-added manufacturing output almost doubled from S$1.2 billion to S$2.1 billion. The number of workers employed in food manufacturing also increased 20 per cent over the same time period.

4. The agreement, which involves the participation of all 18 A*STAR research entities, will provide opportunities for researchers across A*STAR to embark on collaborations with Nestl's affiliates globally. A*STAR recently launched a joint centre with National University of Singapore (NUS) - Singapore Centre for Nutritional Sciences, Metabolic Diseases, and Human Development (SiNMeD) to advance rese
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Contact: Vithya Selvam
vithya_selvam@a-star.edu.sg
656-826-6291
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
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