March 11/M2 EquityBites -- Confectionery company Nestle S.A announced the establishment of the company's R&D facility, Chocolate Centre of Excellence, located at Nestle's chocolate factory in Broc, Switzerland.

The Chocolate Centre of Excellence is the company's first R&D facility entirely dedicated to the development of premium and luxury chocolate.

The new facility, which will be operational in the first half of 2009, will reportedly bring together the internal and external know-how of international chocolate-making professionals such as confiseurs, sensory experts and packaging designers.

Nestle will partner with Belgian luxury chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini, who is expected to provide inspiration to the team in Broc for some of the company's future chocolate ranges.

From the March 17, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash