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World’s largest Nutella factory in France re-opened

The world’s biggest Nutella factory restarted production on Monday after it halted work for five days as a careful measure over a “quality defect”, owner Ferrero’s French branch said.

The plant in Normandy, France discontinued making the chocolate-and-hazelnut spread due to a “suspected quality defect strictly limited to the production stage,” Ferrero France’s communications service told.

It added that the dilemma was “very early in the process, at the stage of grinding and roasting hazelnuts.”

“The plant started up again this morning at 6:00 am (0500 GMT). We are at 100 per cent production capacity.”

The Villers-Ecalles site in Normandy produces around 600,000 jars a day, or nearly a quarter of all the Nutella made worldwide.

Nutella’s Italian owner Ferrero, whose products also comprise Ferrero Rocher chocolates, first published stock had been suspended on Wednesday.

“All concerns have been fully lifted,” Ferrero France said on Friday.

“We can say that no goods currently on the market are affected by the situation and that the supply to our customers continues without interruption.”

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.

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