BRANTFORD, Ont.—Italy-based confectionery firm Ferrero is adding fresh capacity at its manufacturing plant southwest of Toronto.
The company, which makes Nutella, Tic Tacs and Ferrero Rocher, has stared work on a $90 million expansion of its Brantford, Ont. site.
The expansion includes adding a new on-site cocoa bean processing facility, installing a new wastewater treatment system and increasing the plant’s production capacity for the company’s famed hazelnut spread. Ferrero Canada will also implement a series of new processes for making Tic Tac products.
“All these investments represent in an excellent way our industrial footprint, based on quality, innovation and efficiency,” Fabrizio Secco, managing director of Ferrero Canada, said in a statement. “These projects are enabling us to create new jobs in our facility and also externally through our suppliers and partners within Brantford and the surrounding area.”
The Ontario plant will become the first Ferrero facility outside Europe to process raw cocoa beans, Secco added.
Along with a company investment, the province has committed $11 million to the expansion.
The project is expected to create 80 new jobs at the plant, which already employs more than 1,000.