Supply Chain Council of European Union | Scceu.org
Operations

Chocolate factory coming to Bloomington – Business – The State Journal-Register

The chocolate giant behind Nutella and Fannie May on Thursday announced plans to build a chocolate factory in Bloomington, its first in North America.

New Jersey-based Ferrero North America, part of the Italian candy company Ferrero Group, said it will invest $75 million to expand its existing production facility in Bloomington, where it currently assembles Crunch and SnoCaps, to build a chocolate manufacturing center.

It will be the company’s third chocolate factory worldwide and first outside of Europe.

The new center, which will add 70,000 square feet to the existing 226,000-square-foot facility, will produce chocolate used for Crunch, 100Grand, SnoCaps, Raisinets, Goobers, Ferrero Rocher and other products made in North America.

The project, set to begin construction by spring, is expected to create 50 jobs. The Bloomington facility, which Ferrero acquired when it bought Nestle’s U.S. candy business in 2018, currently employs 383 people.

“The investment in Bloomington will enable continued growth for Ferrero in North America and will create significant opportunities for the Bloomington community,” Paul Chibe, President and CEO, Ferrero North America, said in a news release.

Ferrero will get a sales tax exemption for building materials as part of the deal. McLean and Gibson counties, as well as the cities Bloomington, Normal and Gibson, earlier this year approved a geographic expansion of its enterprise zone, a tax incentive program administered by the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, to include the Ferrero plant.

Ferrero, founded in Italy in 1946, is the second-largest candy-maker in the world, with about $13 billion in sales, according to Candy Industry, a confectionery trade publication.

It entered the U.S. with Tic Tacs in 1969 but only recently has pushed aggressively into the North American market. Over the past three years Ferrero bought Chicago-based Ferrara Candy, maker of Lemonheads and Brach’s; Chicago-based Fannie May Confections, which has 46 stores Illinois; Nestle’s U.S. candy business, which includes Butterfinger and Baby Ruth; and Kellogg’s North American snacks business, including Keebler and Famous Amos cookies.

The company has 3,000 employees and 10 plants and warehouses in North America and employs more than 35,000 people worldwide.

Related posts

Michelin loan plan to boost Dundee jobs amid factory closure

scceu

Test and Measurement in a Smart Factory

scceu

FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Josh Toth Injured

scceu

Leave a Comment