week Mondelez opened an Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence in Ringwood, east of
Melbourne, creating 63 jobs and the largest food R&D team in the country.
Victoria’s manufacturing minister David Hodgett officially opened the site this week,
which is the largest R&D centre in the Asia Pacific region for the country.
“In addition to securing the future of one of
Australia’s largest food manufacturing sites here in Ringwood, the Centre is
home to the largest food R&D team in Australia, housing more than 100 food
scientists, technologists and graduates,” said Hodgett in a statement.
“This state-of-the-art facility significantly
enhances our state’s food and beverage R&D capability, and will benefit
companies across the sector, who will access its education, training and
business development programs.
Hodgett said the centre would hasten development of
products for export to Asia, and could be used in collaboration with the CSIRO to
come up with solutions for the local food and beverage industry.
The centre will will focus on confectionery.
Mondelez International was formerly known as Cadbury and Kraft Foods.
The announcement comes in the same week as Coca-Cola Amatil announced it would be shutting its Bayswater bottling plant, making 57