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Singapore – Kraft Foods has announced its plan to hire more food technologists and part-time food tasters for its newly opened research and development lab for candy products in Singapore.
The food company has invested around S$5 million in the Centre of Excellence for Indulgent Candy and it aims to transform it into a global innovation facility. Kraft Foods says it wants to boost Singapore’s candy research capabilities and increase skilled employment locally, following to the significant growth in the gum and candy market.
Its research centre in Jurong houses a newly opened Sensory Laboratory and plans to hire more trained food technologists. It currently employs 12 staff, including sensory technologists, flavour specialists, caramel specialists, operation specialists and scientists.
Besides increasing headcount, the centre is keen to invite Singaporeans to come onboard as part-time candy tasters. A Kraft spokesperson said the centre is looking to hire 20 part-timers through an HR agency. There will be competitive salary packages with bonuses and team activities included.
When asked tasters can't work full-time, she said, "Tasters usually only work part-time as they can't taste for more than two to three hours per day."
The food tasting sessions at the lab include Sensory Panels for Éclairs in September, Gum in October, and Hard & Soft Chew Candy in November. (See end of story for more info.)
James Andrade, vice president for research and development at Kraft Foods, said the company wants to position Singapore as a key market for “candy innovation” worldwide. He added that the centre and new lab will help drive further growth in new product innovation.
“Equipped with the latest consumer science tools, testing booths and software for unbiased product evaluation, and managed by trained experts in niche flavour and food science areas,” Andrade said the centre will enrich its “aggressive indulgent candy growth agenda”.
So far, the centre has successfully created a new formula for a candy which has been launched across Australia, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan.
Currently, Kraft’s candy portfolio is a growing category with double digit global growth. To date, Asia is the leading region for its sales and has recorded significant growth this year to date. Singapore’s candy industry is expected to follow a similar growth pattern.
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