Construction of Mondelēz International’s new R&D site begins
10 June 2016 • Author(s): Victoria White, Digital Content Producer
Construction has officially begun of a new global Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) site for Mondelēz International in Bielany Wroclawskie.
The state-of- the-art research and development facility is expected to open in the first quarter 2017 and will support new products and technologies for brands like 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.
Commenting on the new site, Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development & Quality for Mondelēz International, said: “This $15 million 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. 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 Mondelēz International — our established local business partner — is growing,” added 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.”
Investment to boost Mondelēz International’s brand innovation
“Wroclaw is rapidly becoming the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Poland as well as an incredibly important and strategic location for our business,” said 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 center a successful hub for innovation.”
The investment will not only boost the company’s already innovative global chocolate and biscuit brands, but it is also expected to host 250 scientists, engineers and other specialists recruited from all over the world. The company’s long-standing presence in Poland will grow, with 1,400 employees in the Wroclaw region as well as cooperation with local partners and suppliers.
ABF Ingredients ANDEROL EUROPE BV Avantes Berndorf Band GmbH BIOTECON Diagnostics GmbH Cargo Oil AB Elea GmbH Engilico FUCHS LUBRITECH GmbH GLOBALG.A.P. Foodplus GmbH InS Services (UK) Ltd IONICON Analytik GmbH JAX INC. JBT Corporation LUBRIPLATE Lubricants Company NSF International Ocean Optics PCE Instruments UK Ltd R-Biopharm Rhone Ltd Stancold SteriBeam The Tintometer® Group Thermo Fisher Scientific TOMRA Sorting Food Uhde High Pressure Technologies GmbH Verner Wheelock Vikan UK Ltd