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Nestle To Close R&D Operation In New York

January 14, 1993

FULTON, N.Y. (AP) _ The research facility that developed the Nestle Quik beverage mix will cease operation by the end of 1994.

Westreco Inc., a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle SA, announced Wednesday it will consolidate its research facilities in Fulton, N.Y., and Van Nuys, Calif., into two plants in Marysville, Ohio, and New Milford, Conn.

Westreco plans to relocate some of the 40 food scientists and other workers in the Fulton facility, where Quik was born, to other plants, said Laurie MacDonald, a Westreco spokeswoman. Others will be laid off.

Some of the roughly 100 workers at the Van Nuys facility may also be given the option of relocating, so the number of layoffs there also was unclear.

The change will not affect the approximately 900 workers at the Nestle Chocolate & Confections Co. factory in Fulton, which is a separate operation under the control of Nestle USA.

The chocolate factory will take over the research-and-development building, which is adjacent to the factory.

The Fulton research unit concentrated primarily on developing chocolate candy bars and beverages. The $100,000 candy bar, now called the 100 Grand bar, was developed in Fulton, said Charles Nix, a retired manager of confectionery development.

McDonald said the company hopes the move will streamline its operations and make it more competitive.

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