US – Ferrero North America, a unit of the global sweet-packaged food company Ferrero Group, has broken ground on its new US$214.4 million Kinder Bueno production facility in Bloomington, Illinois.
Apart from adding approximately 200 new jobs to Ferrero’s existing manufacturing footprint in Bloomington, the facility whose plans it announced in June will also fuel our momentum in North America, a strategic growth area for Ferrero.
The Italian multinational manufacturer best known for Nutella, Tic Tac, Butterfinger, and CRUNCH branded products said the new facility will support the North American growth of Kinder Bueno, which Ferrero launched in the market in 2019 and is growing by 26% since last year.
The expansion through the construction of the additional 169,000 square feet to the existing manufacturing campus in Bloomington slated to open in 2024 represents the first time Kinder products will be made in North America.
After it entered the North American market in 1969, Ferrero’s North American footprint has grown to reach more than 4,400 employees, in eight offices and 12 plants and warehouses in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.
It has expanded its presence and portfolio with the addition of iconic brands such as Butterfinger, CRUNCH, Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother’s Cookies, and other distinctive cookie and chocolate brands.
Alanna Cotton, president, and chief business officer of Ferrero North America said: “This investment will fuel our momentum in North America, a strategic growth area for Ferrero. Enhancing our manufacturing capabilities in the market is key to driving our innovation agenda and advancing Ferrero’s goal of becoming a world leader in snacks and confectionery.”
“We’re grateful for the strong partnerships we have with state and local leaders here, and proud that our expansion is part of Bloomington’s amazing success story.”
As part of the expansion, the company received an Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) tax credit, which stipulates a goal of investing US$103 million and creating 75 jobs over the next two years.
Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe commented that the groundbreaking is a logical step in what has been a series of transformational investments by Ferrero in the community
The new facility represents the latest milestone in Ferrero’s growth and investment in North America over the past few years.
A chocolate processing plant is under construction at the Bloomington campus, and a facility in Brantford, Ont., was recently expanded.
Next year, Ferrero will open an innovation center in Chicago, which will include research and development labs and offices for the cookies, cones, and crusts brand teams.
Ferrero North America employs 4,400 in eight offices and 12 plants and warehouses in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.