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Mondelez International, Deerfield, Ill., plans to invest more than $130 million in new biscuit manufacturing technology and capabilities in its current U.S. network. The investment will focus on bakeries in Fair Lawn, N.J., and Richmond, Va., supporting priority cookie and cracker brands and product platforms. To enable the investment, the company will consolidate its current U.S. biscuit manufacturing footprint on the East Coast, resulting in the closure of its Philadelphia bakery by early 2015.
“This investment in our North American biscuit supply chain offers us an exciting opportunity to further improve the overall effectiveness, efficiency and the competitiveness of our manufacturing network, with a focus on driving big bets and accelerating growth for the biscuit category,” says Cindy Waggoner, vice president, North America integrated supply chain, biscuits. “This announcement is also bittersweet. It's always a difficult decision to close a manufacturing facility, especially one like the Philadelphia bakery, which has been part of our organization and the community for many years.”
The Philadelphia bakery currently produces a limited number of core products. Its closure will affect approximately 350 employees, who were informed by the company’s of the decision on Feb. 6.
“Our focus right now is on our employees in Philadelphia,” says Waggoner. “We're making this announcement almost a full year in advance of the planned closure to help provide a smooth transition. We're committed to treating our employees fairly and working with them through this difficult time.”
Source: Mondelez International, PR Newswire