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End of an era: Chicago's last Oreo line shut down Friday

End of an era: Chicago's last Oreo line shut down Friday

The final Chicago-made Oreo cookies rolled off the line Friday, ending the iconic cookie's decadeslong run of delighting hometown consumers and providing good-paying union jobs on the Southwest Side.

The Chicago plant will continue to make other products, like BelVita breakfast biscuits and Mini Chips Ahoy cookies. Oreo cookies will continue to be made at three other plants in the U.S. — just not at the brick bakery at 7300 S. Kedzie Ave. The shutdown of the Oreo lines is part of Mondelez International's plan to shift some of its production to Mexico. Last summer the company said it would be laying off about half of the Chicago bakery's 1,200 workers; many of them are...

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