Mondelez Int starts on new $90m factory in Bahrain
New biscuit factory to be operational by 2016 with four production lines
Mondelez International on Sunday laid the cornerstone for construction of its new $90 million biscuit plant in Bahrain.
The global maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy said the factory is part of its plan to tap rising demand in the Middle East and Africa for brands such as Oreo, Ritz and TUC biscuits.
The project, which was announced in October, will reach full commercial production early next year, the company said in a statement.
"Demand for our biscuits in the Middle East and Africa has been growing at double-digit rates and investing in a state-of-the-art facility in Bahrain will enable us to capitalise on this," said Daniel Myers, Mondelez International executive vice president, integrated supply chain.
"This new investment is part of our journey to reinvent our supply chain around the world to meet growth demands, while also reducing costs and improving productivity."
Mondelez International said its supply-chain reinvention plan is expected to deliver $3 billion in gross productivity savings, $1.5 billion in net savings and $1 billion in incremental cash during 2014 to 2016.
Myers spoke at a cornerstone ceremony for the plant which was also attended by Zayed R Alzayani, Bahrain's Minister of Industry and Commerce who said: "We are very pleased to see Mondelez International moving ahead quickly with construction of this multi-million-dollar facility that will make such a valuable contribution to the economy and people of Bahrain."
In the initial two- to three-year phase, the plant will operate four biscuit-manufacturing lines producing - in addition to Oreo, Ritz and belVita - Prince and TUC biscuits, as well Barni cakes.
The plant will create as many as 300 direct jobs by the end of the initial phase and, through a multiplier effect, help sustain over 1,000 more in the local economy.
This is Mondelez International's second major investment in Bahrain after investing more than $75 million in developing a Kraft Cheese and Tang powdered-beverage plant in 2008.