Kraft Foods (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., part of the Mondelez International family of companies, has broken ground on the expansion of its cookie plant in Suzhou, China. With a total investment of approximately $85 million, the project spans more than 98,000 sq ft and is expected to be completed in August 2014.
The project will more than double the plant’s current capacity and create 340 new jobs. The Suzhou plant will feature production lines to make Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies to meet the growing demand from Chinese consumers. This project is consistent with the company’s previously announced strategy to invest in emerging markets to drive sustainable, profitable growth.
“We deeply appreciate the Suzhou government’s help and support for Kraft Foods China and this project,” said Shawn Warren, President of Kraft Foods China. “Since the introduction of Oreo and Chips Ahoy! to China in 1996, the country has become our second-largest market for these brands globally, after the United States, due to our consistent focus on quality, innovation, and marketing. After this project is completed, the expanded plant will be a model in our global supply chain network.”