Ferrero North America, a division of the Ferrero Group, recently unveiled its brand-new Innovation Center and Research & Development Labs in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The recently inaugurated 45,000-square-foot facility serves as a unifying hub for Ferrero’s R&D teams from across the United States. It hosts dedicated teams working on brands such as Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother’s, Fannie May, and other brands within the Ferrero portfolio, comprising a workforce of over 150 employees.
Ferrero has stated that the new research and development center will be utilized for the creation of fresh cookies and other delectable treats.
Alanna Cotton, president and chief business officer of Ferrero North America, said, “Our new Innovation Center and R&D Labs here in Chicago reflect Ferrero’s rich heritage and will foster the creativity and culture that Ferrero known for around the world. Investments like this help us create high-quality, innovative products that will become a special part of Americans’ lives and further drive category growth in confections, cookies and beyond.”
This investment marks an extension of Ferrero’s presence in Illinois, a state where the company is already engaged in the production of Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Keebler, Crunch, 100 Grand, and various other products. Moreover, Ferrero is presently in the process of constructing a new chocolate processing plant and a Kinder Bueno production facility in Bloomington, Illinois.
Chicago’s Mayor, Brandon Johnson, commented, “Chicago’s innovation is not only propelling the growth of iconic global brands like Keebler, Famous Amos and Fannie May, but it’s also cementing our city’s reputation as a prime destination for the world’s best talent and businesses. Congratulations to the Ferrero team on this remarkable achievement.”