Mondelēz adds Polish capacity

7 Sep 2015

Mondelēz International has opened a new $30 million chocolate production line in Skarbimierz, Poland to capitalise on what the company says is growing demand in its European confectionery business. The company said that the investment is part of its ongoing journey to create a global best-in-class integrated supply chain by transforming its manufacturing assets and […]

Mondelēz adds Polish capacity

CaptureMondelēz International has opened a new $30 million chocolate production line in Skarbimierz, Poland to capitalise on what the company says is growing demand in its European confectionery business. The company said that the investment is part of its ongoing journey to create a global best-in-class integrated supply chain by transforming its manufacturing assets and processes to reduce costs and improve productivity.

“We strongly believe in the growth opportunities in Europe’s snacking market,” said Jürgen Leiße President Central Europe, Mondelēz International. “As Poland’s market leader in biscuits and chocolate, we know that maintaining our competitive advantage requires best-in-class manufacturing technology, such as the ‘Line of the Future’ introduced today.”

“This Line of the Future is a big step forward, not only for Skarbimierz plant but also for the whole European snacking market,” said Roman Sitko, Manufacturing Director. “Our passionate team is excited and proud to enter a new chapter with this innovative solution. This will enable us to produce some of Europe’s best-loved brands and offer innovative snacking solutions.”

According to Mondelēz, Skarbimierz’s new Line of the Future increases capacity, operates more efficiently and offers greater flexibility through its modular design. This new line is said to be a first within the company’s manufacturing network in Poland and only the second in Central Europe. The investment will support the growth aspirations of the company’s chocolate and biscuit categories by enabling production of snacking product formats for favourite brands such as Milka, Oreo, Cadbury and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, as well as local Polish brand 3Bit.

Mondelēz says that this is the first major investment in the Skarbimierz factory since its opening in 2010, and that the investment brings modern technical solutions and improved safety standards to the plant to support an increase in production volume and up to 90 new positions.

The company has been operating in the Polish market for 23 years, and had earlier invested $15 million to establish a global research and development centre in the Wroclaw area.