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Ferrero breaks ground for a new chocolate processing plant in Bloomington, Illinois, the first in North America

The new facility is an extension of the existing Ferrero Bloomington Production center and will produce chocolate for CRUNCH, 100Grand, Raisinets and other Ferrero products for the North American market. the $ 75 million The project will add 70,000 square feet to Ferrero’s current footprint on Beich Road and create up to 50 new jobs. Ferrero spends almost annually at the moment $ 300 million in Illinois, supports over 1,300 employees and 560 suppliers.

“The opportunity to process into high-quality chocolate here North America is critical to building on our important growth in this market that brings Ferrero closer to our goal of being a world leader in confectionery, “said Todd Siwak, President and Chief Business Officer of Ferrero North America. “I am very pleased that we have reached this important milestone in Illinois, the heart of the American food and confectionery industry. “

“With its first US chocolate processing plant, Ferrero will create new jobs and economic opportunities in the US Bloomington Region and will continue Illinois’ proud tradition of food production, “said Governor Pritzker.” Companies like Ferrero keep voting Illinois Thanks to our talented workforce and our role as a transportation hub for the nation that makes our state the first choice for manufacturing, innovation and global distribution. We thank Ferrero for the vote of confidence in Illinois and look forward to supporting the continued success of the company here. ”

“Ferrero’s continued investment in Illinois is a testament to the caliber of our talent, the strength of our infrastructure and our direct access to markets across the country and around the world, “said Sylvia Garcia, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). “Under the leadership of Governor Pritzker Illinois Strives to maintain our status as the premier Midwestern travel destination for food production and to support new and existing businesses in their plans to innovate, create jobs and produce their household brands from here Illinois. ”

“We are so happy that a global company like Ferrero broke ground,” said Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe. “Your confidence in Bloomington can only strengthen our already vibrant business world. “

Ferrero did North America Investment focus in recent years, including the expansion of the North American headquarters in New Jersey, new distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgiaand significant development of facilities in Franklin Park, Illinois as well as Bloomington. The company’s presence in the market is now eight offices and ten factories and warehouses in North America, including a cocoa processing plant in Brantford, Ontario.

Ghafari Associates provided architectural and technical design services for the tender documents related to the project. In addition, Ghafari will provide technical support and site supervision. The Austin Company is Ferrero’s design-build partner responsible for planning and building the project.

The new facility is scheduled to open in spring 2023.

About Ferrero:

Ferrero has been creating products that will be loved by generations for over 70 years. We grew out of a bakery in Alba, Italy to the third largest confectionery company in the world. Ferrero entered the North American market in 1969 and continues to spread joy with Ferrero Rocher®, Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Fannie May® chocolates. The Ferrero Group expanded its portfolio in 2018 to include Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand® and other legendary chocolate brands.

We are a family company with 3,000 employees in eight offices and ten factories and warehouses in North America, including a cocoa processing plant in Brantford, Ontario and a planned chocolate factory in Bloomington, Illinois. In every aspect of our business is the entrepreneurship of our founders and their passion for quality, creativity and innovation. Follow @FerreroNACorp on Twitter and @FerreroNACorp on Instagram.

About Ghafari Associates:

As an innovator since 1982, Ghafari takes an integrated design approach to deliver solutions that connect building operations, systems and people. This approach is made possible by the entire range of services of the company, including architecture, interior design, civil engineering, MEP, ICT + security, and operational and systems engineering. As a 2017 winner of Engineering News-Record Midwest’s “Design Firm of the Year” award, Ghafari supports the food, aerospace, corporate / commercial, educational, government and institutional, healthcare and industrial sectors. / Manufacturing sectors through 14 offices around the world. To learn more, visit

About The Austin Company:

The Austin Company is a design builder that handles facilities from site selection, design and engineering to construction and maintenance. Founded in 1878, Austin offers customers decades of industry know-how paired with innovative solutions for the toughest challenges. Austin has served as a trusted partner to hundreds of industrial manufacturing companies – a trust earned by designing and building safe, quality conscious, budget conscious facilities. They deliver “results, not excuses®”. Austins Experience includes production and packaging facilities, automated distribution, large warehouses, research laboratories and operations centers.

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SOURCE Ferrero North America

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