SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL — Mondelez International has announced plans to phase out production at its facilities in the Brazilian cities of Bauru and Piracicaba, shifting production to Curitiba and Vitória de Santo Antão. The transition is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Following the moves, Mondelez said Curitiba and Vitória de Santo Antão will become the company’s two largest manufacturing sites in Latin America.
Mondelez said the plant closings are part of the company’s global strategy.
“Since 2014, the company has been thoroughly reviewing its supply chain with the goal of maintaining economic sustainability and business evolution in the mid and long terms,” Mondelez said.
With the restructuring, gums and candy, chocolate, powdered beverages and desserts and cream cheese will be produced in Curitiba, while biscuits and chocolate will be made in Vitória de Santo Antão.
“These plants are assuming an even more important role in this new scenario by its multi-category structure, favorable geographical location and robust experience at manufacturing processes and logistics,” Mondelez said.The company said it remains committed to Brazil, and even with the changes, the company’s manufacturing volume in Brazil and for Brazil remains the same, and consumers will be able to continue to enjoy the company’s brands without interruption.