Sale of Bloomington Nestle USA plant finalized | Local Business

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BLOOMINGTON — The Nestle USA Bloomington facility is under new ownership.

The plant at 2501 Beich Road has been sold to Ferrero Group’s Fervalue USA for $4 million, according to McLean County property transfer records.

“We sold the business at the end of March,” said Roz O’Hearn, director of corporate and brand affairs for Nestle USA.

The sale is part of Ferrero’s purchase of Nestle’s U.S. candy business for about $2.8. billion in cash.

When the agreement was announced in January, O’Hearn said the Bloomington candy factory had 369 employees — 315 hourly and 54 salaried. Molded chocolate and pulled sugar confections are made there and include Butterfinger, Crunch, Skinny Cow and Laffy Taffy.

A Ferrero spokeswoman Thursday declined to provide transition details, including whether there is or will be any change to the plant’s staffing levels.

The Nestle USA Bloomington facility traces its roots to the Beich candy factory that began operations in the 1800s near the former train station on Bloomington’s west siden.

The Beich Road facility was built in 1967 and it was acquired by Nestle in 1984.

Nestle is based in Switzerland and its candy business represented about 3 percent of U.S. Nestle sales. Other Nestle products include Purina, Coffee-Mate, Gerber and Stouffer’s.

Other brands of Italy’s Ferrero include Nutella, the makers of the chocolate hazelnut spread, and Tic Tac breath mints

Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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