13 June 2013

Mondelez International to expand biscuit plant in Suzhou, China

Suzhou, China – 13 June 2013 - Kraft Foods (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., part of the Mondelez International family of companies, today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its biscuit plant in Suzhou, China. With a total investment of approximately $85 million, the project spans 30,000 square meters and is expected to be completed in August 2014. 

The project will more than double the plant's current capacity and create 340 new jobs. The Suzhou plant will feature state-of-the-art production lines to make Oreo and Chips Ahoy! biscuits to meet the growing demand from Chinese consumers. 

"We deeply appreciate the Suzhou government's help and support for Kraft Foods China and this project," said Shawn Warren, President of Kraft Foods China. "Since the introduction of Oreo and Chips Ahoy! to China in 1996, the country has become our second-largest market for these brands globally, after the United States, due to our consistent focus on quality, innovation and marketing. After this project is completed, the expanded plant will be a model in our global supply chain network."

Mondelez International currently operates two manufacturing plants and a regional biscuit research and development center in Suzhou.

Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2012 revenue of $35 billion. Mondelez International is a world leader in chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits, Tang powdered beverages and Trident gum. 

Kraft Foods entered the China market in 1984. Headquartered in Shanghai, Kraft Foods China is a leader in the snacks business including biscuits, confectionery and beverages. With about 5,000 employees, Kraft Foods China has established eight manufacturing facilities in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jiangmen. As an important part of Mondelez International, Inc., Kraft Foods China will continue to operate under its present name until it undergoes the legal name change in 2013.

Source: Mondelez International, Inc.