Ferrero to construct chocolate manufacturing centre in Illinois, US

WCN Editorial Team 20 Nov 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products Ferrero has unveiled plans to build its first North American chocolate manufacturing centre in Bloomington, Illinois.

The new facility will be the expansion of the company’s Bloomington centre. It will produce chocolate for its brands such as Crunch, 100Grand, SnoCaps, Raisinets, Goobers, Ferrero Rocher and other Ferrero products that are made in North America.

The $75m expansion will add 70,000ft2 to Ferrero's 2501 Beich Road facility. Work on the expansion project is expected to start by next spring and will create approximately 50 local jobs.

Ferrero Group executive chairman Giovanni Ferrero said: "As a family company, we are proud to have a long track record of investments in local manufacturing infrastructure over the last 70 years.

“We are therefore delighted to announce that construction will begin on Ferrero's first chocolate manufacturing centre in North America - a key strategic market for us.

"This investment represents an important milestone as we continue to expand our offering of high-quality products for consumers across North America."

Ferrero has made significant investments in North America in the last 18 months. It has also expanded its North American headquarters in New Jersey.

The company has also opened new distribution centres in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia, and management of two facilities in Franklin Park, Illinois along with the plant in Bloomington.

Ferrero North America president and CEO Paul Chibe said: "I am excited about our significant investment in our Bloomington facility.

"The investment in Bloomington will enable continued growth for Ferrero in North America and will create significant opportunities for the Bloomington community. We are excited to grow in Bloomington and look forward to offering strong employment opportunities to the people of Illinois."


Ferrero Group to build new chocolate manufacturing centre in Bloomington, Illinois (Credit: PRNewsfoto/Ferrero USA)

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