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Candy manufacturer will invest $48 million, bring 90 jobs to Mebane

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MEBANE, N.C. — Morinaga, a leading international confectionary company, will locate a new facility in an Orange County industrial park near Mebane.

The company plans to create 90 new jobs and invest $48 million over the next three years.

“Morinaga’s decision to locate in Orange County will mean more North Carolina products being sold in the global marketplace,” said Governor McCrory. “Our robust talent pool and attractive quality of life will be a perfect fit for this growing company.”

Morinaga and Company was founded in 1899 in Tokyo. Morinaga produces a wide array of confectionaries. Products include milk caramel, chocolates, cookies, foodstuffs such as cocoa mix, and frozen desserts such as ice cream sandwiches and sundae cups. Its North Carolina activities will primarily consist of blending syrup, sugar, flavorings and other ingredients to produce soft candy.

Salaries will vary by job function, but total payroll is estimated to be more than $3.4 million plus benefits.