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Fire at Mondelez factory

By Oliver Nieburg+

15-Oct-2012
Last updated on 15-Oct-2012 at 15:49 GMT

Fire at Swiss Toberlone plant last Friday
Fire at Swiss Toberlone plant last Friday

Firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at Mondelez’s Toblerone factory in Brünnen, Berne, Switzerland on Friday afternoon.

No-one was injured in the incident that was triggered when cocoa beans in a roasting machine caught fire.

Smoking roasting machine

A spokesperson for Mondelez International told ConfectioneryNews.com that the machine began to emit smoke and firefighters were called to the scene.

The machine was hauled outside and production was disrupted for about an hour and a half.

Nothing else was damaged by the fire, but Mondelez has had to destroy around a ton of cocoa beans, she said.

Impact on production

According to the spokesperson, authorities are investigating the root cause.

Mondelez has commenced production in a nearby building where the chocolate and nougat for Toblerone are produced, but production in the building where the fire took place has been temporarily suspended.

The world's supply of Toblerone is manufactured at Mondelez's factory in Berne

Mondelez’s factory in Brünnen, Berne, Switzerland produces the world’s supply of Toblerone.

Toblerone is one of Kraft-Foods spin-off Mondelez International’s four priority chocolate brands along with Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Lacta.

Kraft acquired the brand from Jacobs Suchard in 1990.

For Mondelez’s globally chocolate strategy, see HERE.

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