Council meets with Kraft Foods Executives

By on 27/10/2011 in News

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby, has today spoken of his optimism for the future of iconic Birmingham-based chocolate manufacturer Cadbury following a day of high-level meetings with key members of the Kraft Foods Executive Team, culminating with a one-to-one with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Irene Rosenfeld.

 Cllr Whitby said: “The discussions have been very encouraging, especially on the subject of research and development.” He said he was delighted by Irene Rosenfeld’s commitment to making Bournville the Global Centre of Excellence for Chocolate R&D. The meeting comes after Kraft Foods recently announced the creation of up to 54 new R&D jobs in Birmingham.

 “Kraft Foods is a major global player, and we are proud to have it investing in our city and in our people,” Whitby said. “We will be working together to ensure the long-term prosperity of the Cadbury brand and the Birmingham community”.

 Marc Firestone, Executive Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs, Kraft Foods, said, “We were delighted to welcome the delegation from Birmingham City Council to Chicago and to discuss the importance of Bournville and the Global Centre Of Excellence in the Kraft Foods network. We look forward to building stronger relationships with the Council through the Sister City Programme.”

 The meetings with Kraft Foods come on the second day of a four day visit to Chicago by civic, business and education leaders from Birmingham which has also seen them lobbying United Airlines for direct flights between the two cities to be reintroduced.

 ENDS

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