Nestlé ramps up coffee research and training in Yunnan

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock
In China, Nestle has opened a coffee centre as part of a university joint venture to research tropical crops in Yunnan province.

The 30,000 square-metre Nescafé Coffee Centre, in collaboration with the College of Tropical Crops at Yunnan Agricultural University, features a training laboratory that focuses on green coffee beans, and a quality control lab and warehousing.

Nestlé is committed to developing coffee farming in Yunnan, and has reached remarkable achievements and created shared value by working with local government and farmers over the past three decades​,” said John Cheung, Nestlé China’s chairman and chief executive.

The NCC integrates training, technical support, lab and modern warehousing, and thus promotes the effort for win-win result to a higher level. It builds us a larger platform for cooperation, exchange and sharing with research institutions and the whole industry​.”

The Yunan city of Puer, where the centre is located, has been central to China’s coffee industry for the past 30 years.

The newly built NCC offers a new and larger cooperation platform for industry growth, and will promote the quality and efficiency of the value chain that covers farming to distribution, improve further industry integration, and promote Puer coffee’s competitiveness and its reputation on global market​,” said Lu Han, director of Puer’s coffee office.

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