Mondelēz touts $200 million investment in Czech biscuit plant
Company’s European wheat needs to be completely covered by Harmony program by 2022.
June 26, 2018
Mondelēz International has invested $200 million over the last four years in its biscuit manufacturing facility in Opava, Czech Republic.
The plant, which employs nearly 1,000 people, produces Oreo, Milka and Cadbury products for the European market.
This investment follows on the heels of several upgrades to other factories in Sri City, India; Salinas, Mexico; Bournville, United Kingdom; as well as the April opening of a manufacturing facility in Bahrain.
“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,” said Hubert Weber, executive v.p. and president of Mondelēz Europe. “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.”
The Opava facility is one of the most modern and equipped Mondelēz production plants, designed for decreased environmental impact and sustainability. The plant is a zero waste-to-landfill model, with reduced energy and water usage.
Mondelēz anticipates 100 percent of the European wheat used in its biscuit products will be covered by its Harmony program in 2022, up from 60 percent as recorded last year. The Harmony program is a sustainable biodiversity wheat sourcing initiative that’s implemented across Mondelēz’s European market. This is part of the company’s initiative to use higher quality materials in its products.
“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,” said Daniel Myers, executive vice president, integrated supply chain.
Mondelēz International is one of the world’s largest snack producers, known for their Oreo, Milka, and Cadbury brands. As of 2017 it had a net revenue of $26 billion, and ships to 160 countries.