New Danone tech hub in Barcelona employs over 30 skilled workers
Company's fifth innovation center after those in France, Mexico, Poland, and Malaysia
Multinational food corporation Danone opened a new tech hub in Barcelona, as was announced by the company on Wednesday.
The hub, which employs over 30 tech and data analysis specialists, is the company's first in Spain and its fifth after centers in France, Mexico, Poland, and Malaysia.
The center, which is already up and running, focuses on Danone's innovation and digitalization of operations needs.
Nicolas Cosqueric, Danone's head of IT and data for the Iberian Peninsula, said they aimed to have "technology and data become Danone's great strategic differentiators by 2025."
"This is why we accelerated the consolidation of the Barcelona hub where we will coordinate digital projects that will be implemented globally," he added.
The Catalan government's trade and investment agency, ACCIÓ, helped Danone open its Barcelona hub.
Labor minister Roger Torrent lauded the company's decision to open the Barcelona hub: "Investments like Danone's, in addition to those made by Pepsico, Google, or Microsoft, demonstrate Catalonia's potential as Europe's innovation and technology epicenter."
900 people are employed by the company in Catalonia at its Barcelona offices, its dairy and vegeteble protein plant in Parets del Vallès, not far from Barcelona, as well as at the Sant Hilari Sacalm water division in central Catalonia and among its sales teams.
Founded in Barcelona in 1919, the company's global headquarters are located in Paris.