Early next year, Cargill will take steps to improve and grow its chocolate, compound and chocolate liquor production offerings and services for North American food and beverage companies.
According to the company, it will also centralize its North American Cocoa and Chocolate leadership, administrative and customer-focused roles in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
The Milwaukee facility will feature extensive production and product development capabilities as well as an expansive modern office space. The company’s move to Minneapolis, where Cargill’s corporate headquarters is located, will bring its North American Cocoa and Chocolate business closer it its administrative, research and development and marketing resources.
These changes will cause the loss of nearly 130 jobs, mostly from those working in the company’s current plant in Lititz.
“These are very difficult decisions, especially when they involve people who have done such great work for us over the years,” said Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate North America President, Bryan Wurscher. “We are committed to helping those who are impacted find other employment and assist them with this transition.”
The company’s historic Wilbur Chocolate Candy Americana Museum and Candy Store in Lititz will remain open, and Cargill will continue to employ approximately 2,200 employees in its Cocoa and Chocolate and other businesses throughout Pennsylvania.