Mondelēz International formally opened its new Global Research & Development (R&D) Innovation Center in Whippany, New Jersey. The facility, which is supported by an investment of nearly USD 50 million, includes pilot and scale-up capability for cookies, crackers and candy. The new facility can support R&D for snacks such as OREO cookies, Ritz crackers and Sour Patch Kids candies.
The May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by local employees, company leadership, federal, state and local elected officials and other guests. “This strategic investment in our new Global Innovation Center will enable us to pilot exciting new snacking breakthroughs and bring about the next generation of innovation for Mondelēz snacks around the world,” said Daniel Ramos, Executive Vice President and Chief Research & Development Officer at Mondelēz International. “We’re proud to bring together industry-leading talent and capabilities in this facility to create new products, packaging and process developments across our portfolio of beloved snacks.”
“Our Research & Development team at Mondelēz International is passionate about the important work we do to pioneer innovations, improve production processes and create consumer-favorite products for people to enjoy both here in the United States and in global markets,” added Norberto Chaclin, Global Senior Vice President, R&D Biscuits and Baked Snacks at Mondelēz International. “With this new Center now open, our team is well-positioned to set the standard for future snacking innovations around the world from right here in New Jersey.”
With the addition of the Whippany, NJ Global Innovation Center, Mondelēz further expands its footprint in New Jersey, at a location close in proximity to the company’s North American headquarters office. More than 50 talented R&D professionals will work at the new Global Innovation Center. The Whippany team will play an important role in supporting innovation in electric baking technology which supports the company’s 2050 goal of net zero carbon emissions across its value chain, Mondelēz announced.
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