Featuring a contemporary design with curved glass panels, the innovation center will house a state-of-the-art pilot plant with product development and testing lines, culinary kitchens, scientific labs and meeting rooms. The company expects to complete construction in fall 2012.
Pat Callaghan, president of Pepperidge Farm, noted that the center will accelerate innovation. “It will enable us to conduct research and testing of new product concepts in a much more convenient and cost-effective way and will support greater innovation for both our bakery and snacks units, especially as we continue to focus on global baked snacks as a strategic priority,” he said.
The LEED-certified building will employ a variety of energy efficiency, water conservation and daylight harvesting techniques, according to the company, and it will use recycled building materials in the construction.
The company broke ground just after press time for the print version of this article.