The Swiss company Nestle, the world’s largest food maker, will establish its first R&D center in Japan. Starting in 2009, three research centers, dealing in nutritional research, beverage development, and packaging technology, are to be established successively. The results of their research will then be provided to Nestle development centers worldwide. The planned nutritional research center, known as the Nestle Nihon Research Center (temporary name), will have Nestle researchers permanently stationed at the University of Tokyo. Nutrient and health effect related food research will be done in conjunction with a number of other research institutions, providing results to the center in Switzerland. As global M&As gain pace and competition intensifies in the food industry, having a development base in Japan would help strengthen Nestle’s international competitiveness, as Japan is judged to have world-class product development and quality control, behind only North America and Europe.