Mars Wrigley Australia will invest $30 million expanding and upgrading its Ballarat factory over the next year to “Australia-proof” its operations.
The Ballarat factory started producing M&Ms in 1986 and last year manufactured more than 5 billion of them, along with 1 billion Pods, which were invented at the plant in 2004. The factory exports confectionery to 17 countries as well as serving the local market.
Mars Wrigley Australia GM Andrew Leakey says the investment will allow the continued expansion of Mars Wrigley’s local chocolate making capabilities – including chocolate bars such as the Mars Raspberry Smash – and add a packaging line for Maltesers which will allow the company to produce that line for Asian markets during peak seasonal demand.
“While the majority of our products are made in Australia today, our ambition is to make even more of our products here in the future,” said Leakey.
“As one of Australia’s largest manufacturers, we recognise that we have an important role to play in helping future proof not only our business, but also the food & beverage manufacturing industry. The new technological advancements at our Ballarat factory from this latest round investment will feed into our ongoing commitment to upskilling our associates and building a robust talent pipeline.”