PARSIPPANY, NJ. – Ferrero North America inaugurated its new Kinder Bueno production facility in Bloomington, Illinois. The company plans to add 200 jobs to its existing manufacturing footprint there with the $214.4 million investment.
Scheduled to open in 2024, the facility, which adds 169,000 square feet to the existing manufacturing campus in Bloomington, will support the North American growth of Kinder Bueno, which debuted in the United States three years ago.
“This investment will fuel our momentum in North America, a strategic growth area for Ferrero,” said Alanna Cotton, President and Chief Commercial Officer of Ferrero North America. “Enhancing our manufacturing capabilities in the marketplace is key to driving our innovation agenda and advancing Ferrero’s goal to become a global leader in snacks and confectionery.” We are grateful for the strong partnerships we have with national and local leaders here, and proud that our expansion is part of Bloomington’s incredible success story.
Ferrero’s North American operations in central Illinois include the production of Crunch, 100 Grand and Raisinets products.
The company has invested heavily in North America in recent years. A chocolate processing plant is under construction on the Bloomington campus and a facility in Brantford, Ontario was recently expanded. Next year, Ferrero will open a new innovation center in Chicago, which will include research and development labs and offices for the cookie, cone and crust brand teams. Ferrero North America employs 4,400 people in eight offices and 12 factories and warehouses in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.