Mondelez International has broken ground on a US$15m global research, development and quality site in Poland.

The facility will be located in Bielany Wroclawskie in south-western Poland. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017 and support new products for Mondelez‘s “power brands” including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka, Barni and Oreo. The site will be equipped with innovation labs, a new pilot plant and a “collaboration kitchen”. 

“This $15m 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,” Rob Hargrove, executive vice president of research, development and quality for Mondelez, said. “Embedding one of our largest research hubs here clearly signals the importance of Poland and Europe within our global RDQ network.”

Zoltan Novak, managing director of Mondelez’s operations in Poland and the Baltics, said the location had been selected due to the local talent pool. “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 centre a successful hub for innovation,” he said. 

The facility is expected to host 250 scientists, engineers and other specialists recruited from all over the world, including Poland.