Mondelēz International is investing $6 million in its Reading Science Centre in the UK to support the development of new chocolate, biscuit and candy products.
The 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.
This latest investment follows the company’s previously announced global investment of $65 million in its eleven technical centres around the world – including China, Brazil and Mexico.
“Reading is our largest global R&D centre dedicated to research work and, as such, it’s a central hub for food testing and analysis for all our product categories,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development and Quality.
“This new investment will enable us to further accelerate our understanding of the science behind our products.”
Louise Stigant, UK Managing Director at Mondelēz International, added: “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.”