Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham) enjoyed a tour of the U.S. based snacks company Mondelēz International, Inc. state-of-the art manufacturing plant in Bahrain International Investment Park which currently produces Oreo cookies, Barni soft cakes, Belvita biscuits as well as Tang powdered beverage, for local consumers and serves as a hub for exports to the Gulf region, the Levant and Africa, reducing delivery costs and improving product freshness.
Mr. Omar Nassef, Mondelez Plant Manager, gave the business leaders an executive brief on the development of the plant in Bahrain. It began operations in early 2018. The technology, engineering and supply chain aspects of the tour were very interesting. As was learning about the training and work culture within Mondelēz International – which develops empowered team members who exuded enthusiastic ownership and pride in their work.
AmCham Bahrain President, Mr. Qays Zu’bi stated. “AmCham hosts regular executive level behind the scenes Business Tours for its members. This is to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the business environment and trade opportunities in Bahrain. We appreciate our member companies. Like Mondelez Bahrain W.L.L., for providing us with such an informative and interesting experience.”
U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Maggie Nardi joined the tour along with 25 other AmCham members. Representing a wide-variety of business sectors including manufacturing, logistics, and human capital development.
Mr. Nassef added that “Mondelēz International Inc. and the local team that runs the plant are very proud of creating and running a “best in class” facility that supports a long robust supply chain. Mondelēz International has invested more than $160m in Bahrain since 2005 and we are enjoying being good corporate citizens and interacting with the business community.” This plant has already made a valuable contribution to the local economy with the creation of more than 200 direct jobs and takes advantage of the region’s highly skilled and educated local workforce.