Ferrero has announced plans to build a new chocolate manufacturing centre in Bloomington, Illinois – its first chocolate production plant in North America.

The new centre will be an expansion of Ferrero’s Bloomington facility and will allow the company to produce chocolate for Crunch,100Grand, SnoCaps, Raisinets, Goobers, Ferrero Rocher and other Ferrero products made in North America.

The $75M expansion will add 70,000 square feet to Ferrero’s current 2501 Beich Road footprint. Construction is expected to start by spring 2021 and the new facility should create around 50 local jobs.  

Giovanni Ferrero, Executive Chairman of the Ferrero Group, said: “As a family company, we are proud to have a long track record of investments in local manufacturing infrastructure over the last 70 years. We are therefore delighted to announce that construction will begin on Ferrero’s first chocolate manufacturing center in North America – a key strategic market for us. This investment represents an important milestone as we continue to expand our offering of high-quality products for consumers across North America.”