Mondelēz to invest $40 million in Virginia bakery

by Eric Schroeder
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RICHMOND, VA. — Mondelēz Global L.L.C., the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Henrico county in Richmond. The facility makes a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers.

As part of the expansion, Mondelēz said it will add a manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery, which has been in operation since 1973.

“We’re excited about this investment in our U.S. biscuit network and the opportunity to reaffirm and enhance the role of the Henrico county bakery within our Mondelēz International manufacturing footprint for North America,” said Cindy Waggoner, vice-president, North America Integrated Supply Chain, Biscuits. “The bakery in Henrico county is geographically well-situated to support our East coast business, and this investment is a part of our commitment to create a best-in-class integrated supply chain to support our business.”

Mondelēz International in early February said it planned to support priority cookie and cracker brands and product platforms through an investment of more than $130 million in new biscuit manufacturing technology and capabilities in its U.S. network, and the Richmond expansion is part of that investment. The company also plans to focus on its bakery in Fair Lawn, N.J.
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