Ferrero continues US expansion with opening fifth regional distribution centre
Ferrero USA has further expanded its presence in the country through opening of a new distribution centre in McDonough, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, creating up to 250 jobs.
The newly constructed facility, the company’s 5th in the US, is located at 875 Highway 42 South is 728,000 square feet and projected to begin operating by early September as the business continues to enhance its product portfolio for the region.
As the Italian-founded business noted, in recent months, Ferrero has expanded its North American headquarters in New Jersey and opened two new distribution centres in Pennsylvania and Arizona, as well as having assumed management of two manufacturing plants in Bloomington and Franklin Park, Illinois.
The McDonough facility adds capacity for Ferrero to distribute its growing portfolio of brands, including Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, and Crunch, throughout North America. Over time, the facility will distribute other Ferrero brands, including Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Tic Tac and Kinder, to support overall company growth.
“Ferrero is committed to continue growing in the U.S. The McDonough distribution centre will help us bring our products to more people in the market, and will bring great employment opportunities to the people of Henry County at a crucial time,” explained Paul Chibe, president and CEO, Ferrero North America, who spoke to Confectionery Production about the company’s growing presence in the US as part of our review of last year’s Sweets and Snacks Expo. The event had been due to take place again in Chicago last month, but was cancelled over the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are pleased to welcome Ferrero, one of the largest chocolates and confectionery companies in the world to McDonough, GA,” said City of McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland. “Ferrero has a strong brand with an outstanding reputation for excellence and we are optimistic about the positive impact this new location will have on our community.”
“This represents another important milestone in the expansion of our logistics capabilities in the market,” said Luca Robbiano, Vice President, North America Supply Chain for Ferrero. “Our new distribution centres in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and now Georgia are crucial for driving both strong organic and acquisition-driven growth.”
“Henry County proudly welcomes Ferrero to our community,” said June Wood, Chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners. “We look forward to our partnership with this outstanding company and to the jobs and investment they will bring to the community.”
“We’re excited that global companies like Ferrero continue to choose Henry County for our strategic location and skilled workforce,” said Henry County Development Authority Chairman Pierre Clements. “Along with new investment and employment opportunities for our residents, Ferrero’s passion for quality, creativity and innovation will be a great addition to Henry County.”
DHL Supply Chain North America will provide warehouse services for Ferrero’s new distribution centre, including shipment consolidation, packaging, distribution, and inventory management.