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Nestle closes century-old candy manufacturing factory

BY Jenna Duncan

YORK, U.K. Nestle has closed production of KitKat bars at its more than 100-year-old York factory and sold off the buildings, reports from the U.K. today said. The 19th century brick buildings at the southern end of the factory grounds will be converted for mixed use as offices and residential apartments.

Production of Aero, KitKar, York and other candy bars was moved to a more modern facility, local presses reported. At present, only Aero Bubbles bars remain in production at the plant.

The move comes after a production overhaul which has lasted about three years and shifted hundreds of jobs, including the production of Nestle’s popular Smarties candies, overseas.

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Mars announces production plant expansion

BY Jenna Duncan

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. Mars on Monday announced the expansion of one of its production facilities in Pennsylvania. The new wing, which cost $70 million to construct, was built on to one of Mars’ heritage factories, built in 1915.

President of Mars Snackfood U.S., Todd Lachman, said that the expansion comes as a response to growing sales of Mars’ Dove chocolate candies. Accordin to Lachman, demand for Dove has grown by about 20 percent in the last year—a rate that is four times the amount of growth of the premium chocolate category.

 At present, two dedicated Dove Promises production lines are up and running. Mars said that expansion has added 30 jobs to the employment roster.

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Pepperidge Farm lowers sodium amounts in bread

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. Pepperidge Farm has vowed to lower sodium levels in its bread and other baked goods, the company has announced. This follows a move by its parent company, Campbell, to extend production of healthier food options.

According to Pepperidge Farm, it has lowered sodium levels by around 25 percent in eight of its breads by using sea salt instead of iodized salts. The company is also testing low-sodium bagels in its Miami market.

In addition to new and up-coming low-sodium options, Pepperidge Farm has also added whole grain Goldfish crackers to its lineup of healthier snacks

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