Mondelēz International has announced that it has invested $200 million since 2014 to upgrade its biscuit manufacturing facility in Opava, the Czech Republic.
The newly-upgraded facility produces biscuits for the company’s Oreo, belVita, Milka and Cadbury Power Brands for the European market, and the investment has paid for five production lines at the site.
Mondelēz claims that the five production lines have increased the speed, efficiency and quality of biscuit production at the site, which employs 1,000 people.
Water waste in the production process has also been reduced as a result of the investment, while the site itself is now a zero-waste-to-landfill site, enhancing the company’s sustainability credentials.
Daniel Myers, EVP, Integrated Supply Chain at Mondelēz International said: “The investment in our Opava plant is a great example of our global effort to build a world-class supply chain that reduces complexity and increases flexibility while being cost-conscious.
“We’re focused on winning with our consumers and customers, and we’re becoming a more nimble organization as we simplify and modernise our operations and production capacity for today and the future.
“By undertaking these changes, we’re making our company more efficient, creating the fuel we need to invest in our brands and our people – our most important assets – and deliver sustainable, profitable growth for our shareholders.”
Hubert Weber, EVP and president, Mondelēz Europe added: “Our growth story in Europe continues thanks to the investments we have made in Opava, one of the most modern factories in our network and a leading producer of biscuits for our European markets.
“The five state-of-the-art manufacturing Lines of the Future installed here have enabled us to improve the speed, efficiency, effectiveness and quality of our biscuit production, while improving competitiveness in the European market.
“The modern production lines enable us to meet growing demand from European consumers for our Power Brands, while other factories in our network continue to produce the local and regional heritage brands that consumers have loved for generations.
“In all cases, we apply the same high standards for quality and taste, as well as ensuring we reduce our impact on the environment.”
Mondelēz International has been gradually expanding its presence in the biscuit market this year, as the company recently inaugurated a new $90 million biscuit production plant in Bahrain and acquired US-based cookie brand Tate’s Bake Shop for $500m last month.
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