Candy maker Mars completes $70M expansion at Newmarket, Ont. plant

March 20, 2017
by Canadian Manufacturing.com Staff

Candy maker Mars completes $70M expansion at Newmarket, Ont. plant

The Newmarket, Ont. plant makes already makes three types of chocolate bars and will now added Maltesers to its lineup. PHOTO: Mars Canada

NEWMARKET, Ont.—Mars Canada has begun making chocolate-coated Maltesers at its manufacturing plant just north of Toronto.

The candy and pet food firm completed a $70 million expansion at its Newmarket, Ont. chocolate plant earlier this month, allowing it to add the malted milk balls to its production lineup.

The project added 60,000 sq. ft. of floor place to the facility and involved bringing in new manufacturing and packaging equipment.

The Toronto-area plant will become the first site in North America to produce the company’s 80-year-old treat, which has only been available overseas in the past. It also manufactures Mars, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars.

Along with boosting its production capacity, the company said the expansion created 30 new jobs at the food plant, which now employs approximately 150.