Ferrero Adding to Its Central Illinois Chocolate Bar Line

June 14, 2022
There will be still more construction going on at the site of Ferrero North America’s plant in Bloomington, Ill.

There will be still more construction going on at the site of Ferrero North America’s plant in Bloomington, Ill.

Ferrero announced June 13 that it will expand its existing plant in Bloomington, in central Illinois, to add a line for processing of Kinder Bueno candy bars. This will be the first North American manufacturing location for the chocolate bars with hazelnut crème filling, which were introduced to the American market in 2019. Kinder Bueno’s sales in North America grew more than 51% last year and now stand at $167 million.

The expansion, which will cost up to $214.4 million, comes on top of a new chocolate processing plant under construction at the same location. Ground broke on that project last October.

"We are elevating the treating experience with Kinder Bueno's unique mix of flavors and textures, and American consumers have really embraced that," Catherine Bertrac, the brand’s head of marketing, said in a statement. "Being able to make Kinder Bueno right here in North America will help us build on our tremendous momentum and continue meeting consumer demand."

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