Innovation—in product development, operational practices, and cost cutting—is critical for retail and consumer package goods (CPG) companies. Innovation creates lasting idea-generating structures supported by the latest in collaborative technology. The Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Practice engaged with a large multinational food-and-beverage company to help it implement an open innovation architecture that would scale across the companyâ€™s R&D teams. Our partnership led to the development of a collaborative model for increasing innovation in R&D. After identifying the companyâ€™s key open-innovation activities, Cisco IBSG helped develop an "Innovation Network" pilot conducted with the companyâ€™s Protein team. Results of the pilot included dramatically shortened response times among researchers and increased interactions between the Protein team and internal/external partners, resulting in stronger rapport and improved access to relevant expertise.