SINGAPORE – Barry Callebaut has opened its fourth and latest chocolate production line at its industrial chocolate factory in Singapore to meet the growing demand of chocolate products in the Asia Pacific market.
The Swiss confectionery group said that the new line features state of the art equipment that boasts higher quality and safety standards and has the ability to efficiently produce chocolate blocks of different volumes.
In addition to the first three chocolate lines in Singapore, the company noted that the fourth production facility is part of the its continued expansion in the country and will help to meet increased demand from Southeast Asian countries, South Korea and beyond.
“The continued expansion of this factory reaffirms Barry Callebaut’s commitment in Singapore for the long-term,” Ben De Schryver, President of Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific
“We look forward to continuing working with the government, local institutions, and our customers and partners to realize our role as the leading chocolate manufacturer in this country.
“We are very encouraged by the steady growth of Singapore’s food industry which would not have been possible without the country’s strong reputation in food safety and quality. For us, this expansion in Singapore is also about paving the way for our business to be more efficient overall and bringing more innovations to the markets.”
Barry Callebaut made an entry in Singapore 23 years ago when it built the factory in Senoko, located in the northern part of Singapore. The company says that the site has been instrumental in growing its presence in the region.
After the opening of this chocolate factory in 1997, Barry Callebaut has made multiple significant investments in the country. This includes the acquisition of Singapore-listed Delfi Cocoa in 2013, and making major investments in another new line and a warehouse in 2015.
The company has also opened its regional headquarters and a Chocolate Academy Center are in Singapore. The confectionery company now prides the leading industrial chocolate producer in Singapore by volume.
The site in Singapore is also the biggest chocolate factory in Asia Pacific for Barry Callebaut.
This milestone of the new fourth line comes hand in hand with other company’s investments within the Asia Pacific Region. Recently, Barry Callebaut announced its decision to acquire GKC Foods in Australia and the groundbreaking of a new chocolate factory in India.
The company is the largest producer of chocolate and cocoa products in Asia Pacific and today runs 10 chocolate and cocoa factories across Asia, namely in China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.