Mondelēz International is investing USD6m in its Reading Science Centre in the UK to support the development of new chocolate, biscuit and candy products, serving over 150 different countries. The Reading Science Centre is currently home to over 290 scientists, chemists, food technologists and other specialists. The new investment will result in the creation of 50 highly-skilled food science and engineering jobs over the next five years.
The investments fits into the company’s strategy to develop a global network of state-of-the-art technical hubs strategically positioned around the world. These technical centers support the company’s growth-oriented innovation agenda as they improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness, while enabling the company to address evolving consumer needs more quickly. The new Reading investment comes on top of the company’s previously announced global investment of USD65 million in its 11 technical centers around the world.
“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 Centre network is crucial to support this. Reading is our largest global R&D center dedicated to research work and, as such, it’s a central hub for food testing and analysis for all our product categories. This new investment will enable us to further accelerate our understanding of the science behind our products,” said Rob Hargrove, executive vice president, research, development and quality.
Louise Stigant, UK managing director at Mondelēz International said: “Over the last seven years, we’ve invested over USD25m into our research centers in Reading and Birmingham and they play a vital role in developing products for consumers, not just in the UK, but across the world. This extra investment will allow for the creation of 50 highly-skilled jobs. It will also help accelerate our growth strategy, offering innovative chocolate, biscuit and candy products that meet the changing needs of consumers, while maintaining a competitive edge in the markets of tomorrow.”
The Reading Science Centre is part of a global network of 11 technical centers in key locations that enable greater effectiveness, improved efficiency and accelerated project delivery. These locations are: Curitiba, Brazil; Suzhou, China; Thane, India; Mexico City, Mexico; East Hanover, New Jersey; Wroclaw, Poland; Jurong, Singapore; Bournville, United Kingdom; Reading, United Kingdom; Saclay, France and Munich, Germany.