A Nabisco plant in Fair Lawn, NJ, and another Nabisco plant Atlanta, GA, will be closed, according to the Associated Press. The New Jersey plant produces such Nabisco brands as Oreo, Lorna Doone and Teddy Grahams. Both the New Jersey and Georgia plants are expected to close by summer's end.
Mondelez International Inc. is the parent of the Nabisco brand. The company said it will focus its U.S. biscuit operations on strategically located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast in Richmond, VA, Chicago/Naperville, IL, and Portland, OR. Mondelez said in a Feb. 6 statement:
"Mondelēz International (Nasdaq: MDLZ) today announced that it will be closing its Fair Lawn, NJ and Atlanta, GA biscuit bakeries later this year. The decision comes as the company further focuses its U.S. biscuit manufacturing footprint to better meet changing consumer needs and growth opportunities. The company will focus its U.S. biscuit operations on strategically located owned-and-operated bakeries on the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast of the United States – in Richmond, VA, Chicago/Naperville, IL, and Portland, OR. These owned-and-operated sites will be further supported by U.S.-based external manufacturing, which has been an important part of the Company’s U.S. biscuit manufacturing network for many decades. Today’s decision follows Mondelēz International’s previous announcement, made last November, that it was considering closing its Fair Lawn and Atlanta bakeries. Both Fair Lawn and Atlanta are no longer strategic assets from a geographic footprint perspective, and both face significant operational challenges, including aging infrastructure and outdated production capabilities, which would have required significant investment to bring them to the modernized state required for the future.”