Ferrero Opens First US Chocolate Processing Facility

This is the first time Ferrero has produced chocolate outside of Europe.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

May 14, 2024

1 Min Read
Ferrero NA opens chocolate processing plant
The Bloomington campus will also soon house a new $214M Kinder Bueno production facility.Ferrero

Ferrero North America is amping up its Illinois footprint with a $75 million investment in a new chocolate processing plant.

The company manufactures Butterfinger and Baby Ruth products at its plant in Franklin Park, and Keebler products in Chicago. Last year the company opened its new Innovation Center and R&D Labs in Chicago’s historic Marshall Field and Company Building. The Ferrero manufacturing campus in Bloomington manufactures CRUNCH, 100 Grand, and Raisinets in addition to now processing chocolate. The campus will also soon house a new $214 million Kinder Bueno production facility, which is expected to create 200 additional new local jobs when it opens later this year.

“Bringing Ferrero’s decades of experience making high-quality, world class chocolate to Illinois — the heart of America’s food and confections industry — is going to help us achieve our goal of being the sweets and treats leader in the market,” said Alanna Cotton, president and chief business officer of Ferrero North America. “Ferrero and Bloomington are going to be greater together for years to come.”

The chocolate processing facility is part of Ferrero’s overall growth and investment in North America. In addition to new projects in Illinois, the company recently invested in new capacity and capabilities for its Brantford, Ontario, CAN plant and added distribution centers in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona, as well as invested in Oregon’s hazelnut growers. Ferrero’s North American presence now totals more than 5,100 employees across eight offices and 12 plants and warehouses in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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