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Mondeléz International on the Hunt for the Best Taste Buds in Britain
Uxbridge, London – 9th December 2020 – Mondelēz International, makers of the nation’s favourite treats including Cadbury Dairy Milk, BelVita, Maynard’s Bassetts and OREO is opening applications for four Chocolate Taster roles - testing products before they hit shop shelves in over 150 countries.
The successful candidates will work as part of a team of 12, tasting chocolate and chocolate spreads. The lucky few will work to improve and perfect secret new Mondelēz products from across their tasty snack portfolio.
These panellists will need to work as a team to differentiate and communicate the subtleties within flavour, texture and melt in the mouth experience across our iconic brands. Chocolate Tasters will be contracted to work a maximum of 8 hours a week to avoid ‘palate fatigue’.
This role will be based in Wokingham near Reading, Berkshire UK at Mondelēz International’s Global Research Centre. As a lab-based role in Food Science, Chocolate Tasters are required to understand the complexities of the human senses and mechanics of chocolate eating.
When it is safe again to do so, Tasters will return to the lab to share thoughts and collectively review delicious products before testing in individual booths. For the time being, in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines our Chocolate Tasters are coming to site to collect pre-prepared laboratory samples.
“Like anyone would, I love working as a Chocolate Taster – there is so much more to eating chocolate than you would think. It’s hugely rewarding to play a part in a new product launch, it fills me with pride to see the final product on my local supermarket shelves” said Amanda Greenwood, Chocolate Panellist at the Mondelēz International Wokingham site.
“Chocolate Tasters are vital to our business as their input helps us to perfect our products before they hit the shelves. In this challenging and unprecedented year, our ways of working with our Chocolate Tasters have become more agile. We very much hope to return to site when it is safe to do so, we all miss the office camaraderie of discussing the products together. Consumer insight and research is a fascinating field, I can’t wait to see who joins us next to help us to perfect the nation’s favourite treats,” said Afsha Chugtai, Senior Group Leader, Consumer Science, RDQ Mondelēz International.
The closing date for applications is 6th January 2021, don’t be chocolate, apply now.
For nearly 200 years, since John Cadbury opened a grocer’s shop in Birmingham in 1824, Cadbury has been the nation’s favourite chocolate bar. Recently voted Brand of the Year 2019*, Cadbury has a wide range of well-loved delicious chocolate that reminds the nation that there is a ‘Glass and a Half’ of generosity in everyone. The brand’s success is built upon its deep understanding of customers, shoppers and the category, ensuring it continues to evolve to remain relevant. The health and wellbeing of consumers is hugely important and so through BeTreatwise aims to remind people that treats are special, to be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle. Portion control and consumer education, through on pack labelling, have a huge part to play in Cadbury’s strategy to ‘inspire mindful snacking’. The brand recently announced its plans to bring all Cadbury products predominantly purchased by parents for children, under 100 calories. As well as this, reduced sugar innovations such as Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less help consumers manage their sugar intake. 100% of the cocoa in Cadbury’s chocolate is sustainably sourced through the company’s industry leading Cocoa Life programme, which supports sustainable cocoa farming. This helps secure a positive future for farmers, their families and their communities.
About Mondelēz International
Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in over 150 countries around the world. With 2019 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as OREO, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.