AP – Candy and snack company Mondelez International said on Monday it’s selling its United States (US), Canadian and European gum business to Perfetti Van Melle Group for USD1.35 billion.
Chicago-based Mondelez said the deal includes its Trident, Bubblicious, Dentyne and Chiclets gum brands and the European candy brands Cachou Lajaunie and La Vosgienne. Perfetti – a privately owned company which makes Mentos mints and Chupa Chups lollipops, among other products _- will also acquire Mondelez manufacturing facilities in Rockford, Illinois, and Skarbimierz, Poland. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Mondelez said it will continue to make gum in other regions, including Latin America and Asia.
But the sale brings it closer to its goal of shifting more resources to its chocolate, biscuit and baked snack brands, where the company sees significant growth opportunities.
Mondelez owns the Cadbury and Toblerone chocolate brands as well as Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, Triscuit crackers and Perfect Snacks nutrition bars.