Mars Wrigley announces new global research and development hub in Chicago

April 28, 2022
The multimillion-dollar investment will create new jobs and will be Mars Wrigley's largest innovation center for snacks and treats.

Mars will break ground on a new global research and development hub adjacent to the company's existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island. With this expanded capability, Chicago will become the largest innovation hub in the world for Mars Wrigley, adding to its network of global innovation centers.

When complete, the innovation hub will inspire the next generation of new products to support the company's iconic global snacks and treats brands such as M&M'S, Snickers, Twix and more.

The investment will bring about 30 additional jobs to the Mars Wrigley Global Innovation Center, which will bring the Mars campus total to nearly 1,000 jobs on Goose Island. Construction aims to begin this summer and is slated to be complete by summer 2023.

"Mars has made Chicago home to innovation for nearly 100 years, producing some of the world's most beloved and iconic snacks and treats," said Chris Rowe, global vice president of research and development, Mars Wrigley. "Creating new jobs and a world-class, multimillion- dollar research and development hub demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the Chicagoland area and accelerates our future for innovation. This facility brings exciting new capabilities and enhances the vibrant innovation culture Mars has on Goose Island." 


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