Mondelēz expands technical centre in Poland
Mondelēz International has announced that it will be investing in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland.
Just over a year after opening the centre, the company invested a further $5 million, in addition to the initial $17 million investment, to expand the research and development activities beyond chocolate and to serve gum and candy innovation.
This facility will now be a R&D Hub for a wide range of the company’s iconic global and local brands under one roof such as in biscuits (Orea belVita), as well as chocolate (Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk, and Toblerone), and now also in Gum and Candy (Trident, Hollywood, Stimorol and Dirol), offering scope for creativity.
The expansion is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in large RDQ hubs, strategically positioned around the globe.
According to the Mondelēz, these centres enable the company to “better recruit, retain and develop talent across a range of science and technical disciplines”, while “accelerating the company’s growth and innovation”.
In total, the Wroclaw Center is home to over 200 experts – scientists, engineers and other specialists from around the world of 28 different nationalities.
The site is equipped with a large pilot plant for chocolate and biscuits, and a brand new dedicated pilot plant for gum and candy, analytical and sensory labs. In total, this is a creative space of 12,500 m2 for new ideas and experimentation.
The Wroclaw Center will closely collaborate on innovations with more than 40 sites in the company’s manufacturing network across Europe.
In addition to Wroclaw, Mondelēz International has 10 other technical centres already in operation around the world, including East Hanover, New Jersey, in the United States; Curitiba in Brazil; Bournville and Reading, both in the UK; Thane in India; Singapore; Suzhou in China; Saclay in France; and Munich in Germany.
Commenting on the expansion, Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President Research, Development and Quality, said: “Our mission at Mondelēz International is simple – to offer consumers the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way and our Global Technical Center network is crucial to support this.
“Poland is one of our most important markets in Central Europe, with an impressive manufacturing network, and Wroclaw is a modern city that’s open to investments. Embedding one of our largest technical centres here clearly signals the importance of Poland and Europe within our global R&D network. It is also home to leading technical universities and top-notch specialists. Now, with the exciting extension to gum and candy, we are creating approximately 50 new jobs here”.