Mondelēz International has inaugurated a global technical centre in Maharashtra, India, that will support new products and technologies for the company’s global brands in Chocolate and Beverages.

The $15 million investment will also be focusing on improving consumer science, packaging and productivity.

This is part of the company’s strategy to invest $65m in developing a global network of state-of-the-art technical hubs strategically positioned around the world.

Maurizio Brusadelli, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa region, said: “Our mission at Mondelēz International is simple – to offer consumers the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. And our global technical centre network is crucial to support this.”

Spread across an area of 12,000 sq m, the centre will be equipped with multiple technical capabilities, such as a pilot plant, a packaging creative studio and a range of laboratories for technical research and development. The team of around 150 scientists, developers, engineers, analytical chemists and other specialists will closely collaborate on innovations across the globe. The site is also water neutral and a zero-discharge facility with a large part of the energy coming from solar panels.

The India hub joins nine other Mondelēz centres that are already in operation around the world, including East Hanover, New Jersey, in the US; Curitiba in Brazil; Bournville and Reading, both in the UK; Wroclaw in Poland; Singapore and Suzhou in China; Saclay in France and Munich in Germany.