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Why Trump Boycotting Oreos Should Please Northeast Philly

August 28, 2015
In The News

By Jared Shelly, BizPhilly

Donald Trump is no fan of American jobs moving to Mexico — and he likely has some support for that sentiment in Northeast Philadelphia.

Trump decided to boycott Oreos after Mondelēz International announced it will move product lines in Chicago to a facility in Salinas, Mexico. The company is cutting 600 jobs in Chicago.

“I’m never eating Oreos again,” Trump said according to a number of media outlets. He also compared Mexico to another country he's not too fond of these days: China (which devalued its currency and sent the stock market into upheaval earlier this week.) Trump said he would consider going back to Oreos if they were made in the United States.

If the name Mondelēz sounds familiar, it should. It's the company that closed a long-running plant on Roosevelt Blvd., permanently removing that sweet cookie smell from Somerton, Bustleton and Parkwood.

The closure of the former Kraft and Nabisco plant left more than 300 people unemployed and led U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle to make a passionate speech on the House floor urging people to "Say No to Oreo."