$270M chocolate plant proof of US's sweet tooth

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 12:02 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Americans apparently aren't losing their taste for chocolate.

Mars Inc. is throwing a grand opening Thursday for a new $270 million plant in Kansas that will produce millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.

Company officials say the plant exists mostly to meet U.S. demand for its M&M's- and Snickers-brand candy. It's the first new Mars plant in North America in 35 years.

The plant will have the capacity to produce 14 million bite-sized Snickers bars and 39 million M&M's each day.

Local and state officials will join the company at the grand opening of the 500,000-square-foot plant, which they also see as a sweet deal. The plant is bringing about 200 jobs to the Topeka area.

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