France’s Mondial Biscuits is investing €20m (US$26.5m) in a new production plant for chocolate biscuits in Cernay, in eastern France.

The plant, which is set to create just over 80 jobs, will produce its own brand of round and square-shaped chocolate-filled biscuits for supermarket retailers.

The plant will have a production capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year in the first-phase of development. Mondial Biscuits could raise annual capacity to 70,000 tonnes in the longer term, if according to its plans, the plant takes on a European distribution dimension.

Mondial Biscuits’ chief, Didier Chervin, also heads Continental Biscuits whose plant at Buhl, in proximity to Cernay, supplies biscuits for retailers’ own brands and also the low-price segment.