The new 45,000 square foot facility located in the historic Marshall Field and Company Building brings together Ferrero's R&D teams from throughout the US and houses teams (a total of over 150 employees) working on Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother's, Fannie May, and other US brands in the Ferrero portfolio.
"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 is known for around the world," said Alanna Cotton, President and Chief Business Officer of Ferrero North America. "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."
The investment further expands Ferrero's footprint in Illinois, where the company manufactures Butterfinger and Baby Ruth products at its plant in Franklin Park, and Keebler products on 110th Street in Chicago. The Ferrero manufacturing campus in Bloomington manufactures CRUNCH, 100 Grand, and other products, which will soon include a new chocolate processing facility and a new Kinder Bueno production facility, the company said.
"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," said Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson. "Congratulations to the Ferrero team on this remarkable achievement, and as a big fan of sweets, I look forward to enjoying the next generation of delicious treats that will be made in our great city."