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Mondelez and Lego to invest $725 mn in Mexico

Mondelez and Lego to invest $725 mn in MexicoMexico City, July 3 - US-based Mondelez International and Denmark's Lego plan to invest a total of $725 million in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said.

Candy and snack foods giant Mondelez plans to pump $600 million into the state, while toymaker Lego will invest $125 million, the president said.

Mondelez will build the world's biggest cookie plant in the state, while Lego is expanding its existing operations, Peña Nieto said during an event Monday at the Interpuerto industrial park in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon.

The president toured the Lego plant and then helped lay the cornerstone for the world's largest cookie plant, saying that the facility "is one of the most important projects" for Mondelez International.

The new plant will have five production lines and will start operating in mid-2014, Mondelez International executive vice president and president, Latin America Gustavo Abelenda said.

Mondelez International, one of the world's largest food companies, was formerly known as Kraft Foods Inc. (IANS)