World’s biggest Nutella factory in France halts production due to ‘quality defects’

Production at the world's biggest Nutella factory in Normandy, which is responsible for producing a quarter of all global sales of the famous chocolate spread has been temporarily suspended due to "quality defects".

World's biggest Nutella factory in France halts production due to 'quality defects'
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Italian chocolate and confectionery giant Ferrero announced on Wednesday it had decided to halt production at its Villers-Ecalles factory in northern France “as a precaution”. 

According to the multinational behind the world’s most popular chocolate and hazelnut spread, there is no need for consumers to throw away Nutella jars or other Ferrero products they’ve already bought.

“For now, we can say that no product currently on the market is affected by the situation and that the supply to our customers continues uninterrupted,” Ferrero’s French subsidiary announced.

The temporary shutdown will enable investigations to be carried out, the results of which will be known by the end of the week.

The food manufacturing plant in France’s northern Seine-Maritime department produces 600,000 jars of Nutella a day, a quarter of the global output.

The announcement comes after quality control officers identified a defect in one of the ingredients used in Nutella spreads and Kinder Bueno chocolate bars.

“This defect doesn't meet our quality standards, so we've made the decision to temporarily suspend production at the factory.”

Let's hope the factory can find the problem as soon as possible because we know what happens when the French can't get their hands on a pot of their beloved Nutella.

In January last year scuffles broke out in supermarkets as customers fought to get their hands on discounted pots of the spread.

The French have long had a love affair with the chocolate spread and it is the sweet and some say sickly breakfast of choice for many French school children.

Around 100 million pots are devoured each year in France alone.

In 2016, a couple were banned from calling their daughter Nutella by French courts, with judges saying the child would be mocked as she grew up. READ ALSO:



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No health risks behind halt on Nutella production, says France

French authorities said Friday that there appeared to be no health risks behind the decision to halt production of Nutella at a plant in Normandy, the world's largest factory making the prized chocolate-and-hazelnut spread.

No health risks behind halt on Nutella production, says France
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Nutella's Italian owner Ferrero, whose products also include Ferrero Rocher chocolates, on Wednesday said it had suspended production at the site as a precautionary measure.
“As far as I am aware at the moment, there is no health problem,” French Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume told CNews. “From what I know, this is an economic problem.”
The Villers-Ecalles site in Normandy produces around 600,000 jars a day, or about a quarter of all the Nutella made worldwide.
Photo: AFP
Ferrero's France affiliate said it had discovered a quality defect in one of the ingredients used for making Nutella as well as Kinder Bueno candy bars.
The manufacturer said the defect was not related to its standards of quality.
“For now, we can say no products currently on the market are impacted by the situation and that the supply to our customers continues without interruption,” the company said.
The Ferrero group, with 30,000 employees and 22 production sites around the globe, also makes Kinder surprise eggs and chocolate bars as well as Tic Tac mints.