The FINANCIAL — Mondelēz International announced a new investment in its Global Technical Center in Wroclaw, Poland. Only 1.5 years after the center opening, 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 Bakery and serve Gum and Candy innovation.
This state-of-the-art facility will now serve as a R&D Hub for a wide range of the company’s iconic global and local brands under one roof, in Biscuits (Oreo, belVita,) as well as Chocolate (Milka, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Toblerone) and now also in Gum and Candy (Trident, Hollywood, Stimorol and Dirol), offering a fantastic scope of creativity.
This expansion is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in large RDQ hubs, strategically positioned around the globe. These centers enable Mondelēz International 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, a brand new dedicated pilot plant for Gum and Candy, analytical and sensory labs – in total 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 our manufacturing network across Europe.
In addition to Wroclaw, Mondelēz International has ten other Technical Centers 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 and Suzhou in China; Saclay in France; and Munich in Germany.