Mondelēz Says Ukrainian Biscuit Factory Suffered ‘Extensive Damage’

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Mondelēz International Inc said its factory in Trostyanets, a city in eastern Ukraine, suffered “extensive damage” due to military action due to the war.

The company added that to its knowledge, no employees were injured in the attack. The Oreo factory – one of at least two Mondelēz factories in Ukraine, according to Mondelēz employees – was closed as soon as the war began, Mondelēz said in an emailed statement.

The United States assessed this week that Ukrainian forces had recaptured Trostyanets from Russia.

Mondelēz, which makes Milka chocolate and other locally branded cookies in Europe, said telecommunications outages in the Trostyanets area made it difficult to reach all of its employees. The company also works with the Ukrainian authorities to replenish the region with water and electricity and donates wheat and sugar to local non-governmental organizations.

It’s too early to tell what the next steps will be for the plant, Mondelēz said.

Non-essential activities

Facing pressure to leave Russia in March, the Chicago-based snack maker said it would reduce “non-essential operations” there while helping maintain food supplies.

Earlier this month, chief executive Dirk Van de Put condemned the assault and called for an end to the war in a note posted on the company’s website.

“We condemn this unjust aggression and strongly support those who call for peace and an end to war,” he said. “We continue to prioritize the safety of our personnel and our operations remain closed in Ukraine.”

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