SINGAPORE – Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has officially opened its new regional headquarters in Singapore to coordinate its continued investment in the local and regional chocolate and cocoa market.
The facility located at the OUE Downtown 2 building further affirms the company’s 25 years of presence in the country since 1997.
It also underscores Singapore’s strategic location and anchor to the company’s growth, innovation, and digitalization goals.
The modern office is timely as the company has seen new offices and factories opened in Australia, China, India, and Indonesia in the last three years.
“The inauguration of our new regional headquarters represents our next chapter of sustainable growth,” Barry Callebaut’s President for Asia Pacific, Jo Thys.
“We look forward to continuing working with the government, trade organizations and our customers and partners to realize our ambition of becoming the responsible chocolate and cocoa leader in this region.”
Located in the downtown area, the new office strengthens collaboration among its business lines, and accommodates the business growth strategy with new technological features and welfare facilities.
Like many companies, Barry Callebaut has also adopted a hybrid model, where many of its employees are able to work from home as well as work from the office for more collaboration and activity-based meetings.
Meghna Shukla, Barry Callebaut’s Asia Pacific Vice President for Human Resources, said, “Our new office was designed to create a flexible work environment that inspires creativity and facilitates collaboration.
We believe that our people perform best when they work within a modern, open, and inclusive office environment with welfare facilities that encourages them to keep healthy.”
Barry Callebaut also operates a chocolate factory in Senoko South Road in Singapore. The facility is the first and the largest industrial chocolate factory in the country.
Today the company has more than 250 employees in Singapore and its regional headquarters also houses its regional sales, supply chain management, and corporate functions teams.
Earlier, Barry Callebaut said that all its three Russian factories are operating as usual and deliveries under existing contracts are proceeding in accordance with the agreed schedule.
The company however note its “very closely monitoring the situation and is doing everything possible to compensate for the effects that arise in such a difficult situation, and to ensure stable supply to our customers”.
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