Today Conagra Brands, Inc. announced plans to build The Conagra Brands Center for Food Design in Chicago , next to its existing headquarters in The Merchandise Mart. The new 40,000 square foot structure 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 more rapid development of contemporary, on-trend products.
"Conagra Brands' $2 billion 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."
The Conagra Brands Center for Food Design in Chicago 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. Conagra Brands' portfolio includes Birds Eye, Marie Callender's, Banquet, Healthy Choice, Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, and Vlasic.