Mondelez to open R&D centre in Poland
Mondelez International is in the process of constructing a new global Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) site in Bielany Wroclawskie, Poland.
The state-of- the-art facility is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017 and will support new products and technologies for brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka, Barni and Oreo. The site will also be equipped with innovation labs, a new pilot plant and a ‘collaboration kitchen’ – a creative space for new ideas and experimentation.
"This $15 million [£10.2m] investment supports our growth strategy to offer innovative chocolate and biscuit products that meet the changing needs of consumers, while maintaining a competitive edge in the markets of tomorrow," says Rob Hargrove, executive vice president, research, development and quality for MondelÄ“z International. "Embedding one of our largest research hubs here clearly signals the importance of Poland and Europe within our global RDQ network."
"We really appreciate the fact that MondelÄ“z International – our established local business partner – is growing," adds Pawel Hreniak, Lower Silesia Governor. "The investment itself means new jobs, and further promotion of the region, as well as potential cooperation with local partners, which we all are looking forward to."
"Wroclaw is rapidly becoming the ‘Silicon Valley' of Poland as well as an incredibly important and strategic location for our business," notes Zoltan Novak, managing director, Mondelez Poland and the Baltics. "Given the vast number of locally renowned technical universities that educate top-notch professionals in the area, we are confident that this talent will help us to create a strong future for our global power brands and make the new centre a successful hub for innovation."
The investment will not only boost the company's already innovative global chocolate and biscuit power brands, but it is also expected to host 250 scientists, engineers and other specialists recruited from all over the world – including Poland. The company's long-standing presence in the country will grow, with 1,400 employees in the Wroclaw region as well as cooperation with local partners and suppliers.