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Mars Wrigley global president Andrew Clarke gave remarks at the recent groundbreaking for the company's new R&D hub in Chicago's Goose Island

Mars Wrigley Breaks Ground on Goose Island R&D Hub 

Mars Wrigley broke ground on a global research and development hub adjacent to the company’s existing Global Innovation Center on Goose Island. Leaders from Mars as well as key Chicago stakeholders, including Michael Fassnacht, CEO, World Business Chicago, and Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., gathered together to commemorate the milestone for the company. 

The multimillion-dollar investment will make Chicago home to the company’s largest innovation hub in the world, adding about 30 jobs to the Global Innovation Center. The new facility will incorporate a test kitchen for developing new products, state-of-the-art pilot lines, and an area for breakthrough technology development. 

“Mars has a long history here in Chicago, and we’re proud to continue our legacy of innovation in the Chicagoland area by breaking ground on our best-in-class global research and development hub for Mars Wrigley,” said Chris Rowe, global VP of research and development at Mars Wrigley.

Pictured Mars Wrigley global president Andrew Clarke.


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