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Chicago’s Blommer is sweet on China, Asia

The Blommer Chocolate Co. is to be sold to a Japanese firm. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Blommer Chocolate Co. has bought a factory in China as part of an expansion to meet growing demand in China and the rest of Asia.

Chicago-based Blommer said the plant in Shanghai is part of a $40 million investment to create an integrated bean processing and chocolate manufacturing facility.

“Expanding our operations to China represents a new chapter in the growth of our company,” Rick Blommer, president of global expansion, said in a news release. “We assembled a talented sales and applications support team … to develop our market presence and, with this acquisition, we are now well positioned to expand our offerings to the growing Chinese market.”

Blommer employs more than 800 people and operates five manufacturing plants in North America and China. It processes cocoa and supplies chocolate to the confectionery, baking and dairy industries worldwide.