Perfetti Van Melle Announces $ 9.8 million expansion of the confectionery line at Boone Co.’s facility



Perfetti Van Melle North America headquarters in Boone County (photo provided)

Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc., part of Perfetti Van Melle Group BV, one of the largest confectionery companies in the world, will expand its presence in unincorporated Boone County with an investment of more than $ 9.8 million, creating at least 16 new full-time positions production jobs are created.

Boone County Judge / Executive Gary Moore congratulated Perfetti Van Melle USA executives on the continued growth and success of the company.

“Life in Northern Kentucky is actually sweeter with Perfetti Van Melle here,” said Richter / Executive Moore. “Perfetti is an outstanding corporate citizen who is strongly committed to society and offers its employees excellent services. We are delighted that they continue to invest and create new jobs in Boone County. “

Perfetti Van Melle USA, which manufactures well-known brands such as Airheads, Mentos, Fruit-tella and Chupa Chups and operates two production facilities near Erlanger, is responding to the increased demand for its products. The investment also supports the installation of an additional automated packaging area. Perfetti Van Melle USA currently employs around 460 people, mostly in northern Kentucky. The creation of new jobs includes at least 16 production positions at a regionally competitive starting salary, with performance-related bonuses and opportunities to increase the basic remuneration through a qualification program. Work on the project should be completed by June 2022.

Perfetti Van Melle USA President and CEO Sylvia Buxton (photo provided)

This expansion increases the company’s investment in its Northern Kentucky operations to more than $ 35 million since 2017 to expand capacity and improve infrastructure and technology. During this time, the company has also more than doubled its local workforce.

“As our growth has consistently outpaced the US confectionery category for several years, this capacity expansion is vital for us to continue to meet the growing demand for our products,” said Sylvia Buxton, President and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle for North America. “After examining various locations within Perfetti Van Melle’s global network, it was clear that expanding our manufacturing capacity here in northern Kentucky was the right choice as it has the potential to attract more job-creating investments to the region. The region is very close to our customers, has a strong and diverse workforce and a thriving business support network. We’re excited because this KEIA incentive will help us keep life sweeter and provide a great place to work in Northern Kentucky. “

Perfetti Van Melle USA is part of the privately owned Perfetti Van Melle Group based in Amsterdam, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and marketers of confectionery and chewing gum with renowned brands in more than 150 countries.

“Perfetti Van Melle USA has been based in Kentucky for decades and I am delighted that the company continues to grow in our state,” said Governor Andy Beshear. “This project will not only allow the company to increase the production of candy that are enjoyed by people in the US and Canada, but a commitment to creating at least 16 full-time positions will ensure the company will have a strong year for years Northern Kentucky employer remains. “Come.”

Perfetti Van Melle USA’s latest investment builds on Kentucky’s strong food, beverage and agro technology sector, which includes more than 350 facilities and employs over 52,000 people. Since the beginning of 2020, new location and expansion projects in the industry are expected to create more than 2,500 full-time positions with over 1.7 billion US dollars in new investments. The project also contributes to the Commonwealth’s nearly 5,000 manufacturing facilities across the state that employ more than 250,000 Kentucky residents.

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