Deerfield, IL — Mondelez International, Inc. is investing $6 million in its Reading Science Centre in the UK to support the development of new chocolate, biscuit and candy products, serving more than 150 different countries. The Reading Science Centre, according to the company, currently has a staff of more than 290 scientists, chemists, food technologists and other specialists, and the new investment will add 50 food science and engineering jobs during the next five years.
The investment, the company reports, is aligned with its strategy to develop a global network of state-of-the-art technical hubs to support Mondelez’s growth-oriented innovation agenda. It notes the moves will improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness, while enabling the company to address evolving consumer needs more quickly. The investment in the Reading facility is in addition, to the company’s previously announced global investment of $65 million in its 11 technical centers around the world.
“Our mission at Mondelez International is simple — to offer consumers the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. And our global Technical Centre network is crucial to support this,” says Rob Hargrove, executive vice-president, research, development and quality. “Reading is our largest global R&D center dedicated to research work and, as such, it’s a central hub for food testing and analysis for all our product categories. This new investment will enable us to further accelerate our understanding of the science behind our products.”
Louise Stigant, UK managing director for the company, adds: “Over the last seven years, we’ve invested over $25 million into our research centers in Reading and Birmingham and they play a vital role in developing products for consumers, not just in the UK, but across the world. This extra investment will allow for the creation of 50 highly skilled jobs. It will also help accelerate our growth strategy, offering innovative chocolate, biscuit and candy products that meet the changing needs of consumers, while maintaining a competitive edge in the markets of tomorrow.”
The company currently operates technical centers in the following locations: Curitiba, Brazil; Suzhou, China; Thane, India; Mexico City, Mexico; East Hanover, New Jersey; Wroclaw, Poland; Jurong, Singapore; Bournville, United Kingdom; Reading, United Kingdom; Saclay, France and Munich, Germany. C&ST