Mondelēz International has opened a new $50 million Global Research & Development Innovation Center in Whippany, N.J. The state-of-the-art facility includes pilot and scale-up capability for cookies, crackers, and candy, provides new capabilities and technologies to support R&D for some of the company’s most popular snacks, such as Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, and Sour Patch Kids candies.
Over 50 R&D makers and bakers will work at the new Global Innovation Center, partnering with teams in North America, as well as teams across Mondelēz businesses and R&D facilities around the globe. Among the many innovations planned, the Whippany team will play an important role in supporting innovation on electric baking technology, which supports the company’s 2050 goal of net zero carbon emissions across its value chain.
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“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,” says 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,” adds 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.”