Ferrero has opened a new distribution centre in Pennsylvania, US, designed to support the company’s “rapid organic growth”.
Located in Jonestown, the facility adds capacity for Ferrero North America to distribute brands such as Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Crunch that the confectionery company bought from Nestlé last year.
The 730,000-square-foot facility will create 75 new jobs in 2019 and an additional 150 positions by the end of 2020.
Over time, the facility, which is managed by DHL Supply Chain, will also distribute other Ferrero brands.
“The new Jonestown distribution centre will play an important role in our US and North American growth plans,” said Paul Chibe, president and CEO, Ferrero North America.
“In DHL, we have the perfect partner whose best-in-class experience and technology will ensure this facility helps power Ferrero’s continued growth for years to come.”
Joining the ribbon-ceremony was Franklin Littleton, president, consumer, DHL Supply Chain North America, which provides warehouse services for the distribution centre, including shipment consolidation, packaging, distribution and inventory management.
“We were immediately attracted to Ferrero’s vision for future growth and believed our proven processes to consistently deliver predictability and cost certainty uniquely positioned us to help them increase capacity and achieve that vision,” said Littleton.
“The addition of this new facility is an exciting and critical step in continuing to deliver on Ferrero’s growth strategy as it will bring its products to the market with even greater speed and efficiency.”
Other brands included in Ferrero’s $2.8 billion deal for Nestlé’s confectionery unit were Nerds, BottleCaps, 100Grand and Raisinets.
Ferrero – best known for making Nutella, Tic Tacs and Ferrero Rocher – earlier this year agreed to buy Kellogg Company’s cookies business and a range of fruit and fruit-flavoured snacks, pie crusts, and ice cream cone brands for $1.3 billion.
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