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Morinaga Co. & Ltd Opens Production Facility In Mebane, North Carolina

A 117-year-old Japan-based confectionary company, Morinaga Co. & Ltd. opened its $48 million, 120,000 square foot, production plant in Mebane, North Carolina. The company plans to create 90 jobs in Orange County.

According to the Governor’s Office, Morinaga’s Orange County facility is the company’s first production facility outside of Asia. Morinaga produces a wide array of confectioneries, including milk caramel, chocolates, cookies, cocoa mix and frozen desserts such as ice cream sandwiches and sundae cups. Its North Carolina products will primarily consist of blending syrup, sugar, flavorings and other ingredients to produce soft candy.

"This is a great day for our economy, for central North Carolina, and for our entire state," Governor Pat McCrory said. "Seeing Morinaga's growth from recruitment to groundbreaking to grand opening has been a testament of North Carolina’s economic comeback in the last three years."

Governor McCrory credited Morinaga's recruitment to North Carolina for helping to start the economic comeback the state has experienced in the last three years.

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