CHICAGO (CBS) — A southwest suburban candy plant will be able to make a lot more Skittles, thanks to 75 new employees and a massive expansion of its production lines.
The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has opened a new $50 million expansion of its plant in Yorkville, creating an extra 450,000 square feet to allow the candy company to produce more Skittles.
Wrigley Americas President Casey Keller said Skittles have become the top-selling non-chocolate candy in the U.S.
“We need more Skittles. I mean, we produce about 50 billion Skittles in the U.S. every year, and we need more,” Keller said.
He said part of the appeal of Skittles is the mix of flavors.
“We call it kind of expect the unexpected,” he said. “My favorite actually is, I have to say, the original. So I’m a loyalist, I’m a traditionalist, I love the Skittles original, always have, but I eat everything. I’ll eat any Skittles put in front of me.”