Expansion Conagra announces Innovation Center in Chicago
The new 40,000 square foot innovation center is an expansion of the company's existing state-of-the-art Research & Development and Culinary capabilities and will focus on innovation related to snacking, one of the fastest-growing occasions in food. The facility will combine culinary, and food and packaging design expertise in a space that enables rapid development of contemporary, on-trend products.
The center is scheduled to officially open in the first quarter of calendar year 2020 and will house up to 50 employees, including food and packaging designers and members of the company's culinary team. The company currently has approximately 550 people who work in The Merchandise Mart. It will continue to operate The Center for Food Design and Technology in Omaha, which will focus on Conagra's expanded frozen, refrigerated, shelf-stable meals as well as condiments and enhancers. Omaha will also remain the R&D hub for the company's food safety, and technology development teams.
"Conagra Brands' $2 bn. snacks business is one of the largest and fastest growing in the food industry," said Tom McGough, executive vice president and co-chief operating officer for Conagra Brands. "Our strong snacking portfolio is positioned for long-term growth and we expect the capabilities in this new facility to enable us to create even more innovative products that our consumers will love."