Sara Lee opens new R&D center
More than 100 scientists, chefs, engineers and packaging designers work in the 120,000-square-foot facility located adjacent to the company’s headquarters in Downers Grove. The building, which took just over two years to build out, houses packaging labs, meat labs, a bakery pilot plant, a meat pilot plant, foodservice kitchens and other product labs. In a dedication ceremony this morning, CEO Brenda Barnes presented a plaque honoring company founder Charles Lubin. Lubin’s daughter and company namesake Sara Lee Schupf also spoke at the event.
Barnes and other Sara Lee executives said the new facility represents a multimillion dollar investment in technology and innovation and will help fuel continued growth in both retail and foodservice channels by decreasing time to market and increasing teamwork throughout different Sara Lee divisions.