California Dairies launches sustainability initiative as Carma Chocolate’s sustainability profile hits 100%

US – California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) a leading farmer-owned dairy cooperative in California has formally launched an initiative aimed at measuring, validating, and further improving sustainable business practices.  Under the initiative, CDI has assembled a team of experts in the field of sustainability to quantify the current baseline status of CDI’s supply chain in key areas of sustainability, as well as layout a roadmap of goals and targets going forward.  The dairy cooperative notes that priority areas including environmental stewardship, employee welfare, and animal husbandry will be considered by the experts when developing its new sustainability goals and…

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Barry Callebaut bolsters presence specialty chocolate market with acquisition of Europe Chocolate Company

EUROPE – Swiss based chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has agreed to acquire Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian B2B manufacturer of specialty chocolate ingredients, for an undisclosed sum. ECC operates a chocolate factory and warehouse in Malle, near Antwerp in Belgium where it produces a wide range of specialty chocolate and decorations in multiple taste and color variations including batons, curls, chunks, leaves and shavings. The Belgian-based company supplies a variety of customers in multiple industries such as biscuit, bakery, dairy, ice cream, confectionery and food service. ECC’s acquisition will…

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Barry Callebaut distributes non-cocoa seedlings to farmers to enhance biodiversity in cocoa-growing regions

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut, a major cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer, is scaling up its efforts to foster sustainable cocoa production by providdng millions of non-cocoa seedlings to farmers in the cocoa growing regions of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Brazil, Ecuador and Indonesia. In Côte d’Ivoire, for instance, the chocolate supplier is on track to distribute close to one million seedlings in 2021, with species including cocoa, teak, mahogany, sugar palm, coconut and mandarin. To ensure sustainability of its program, Barry Callebaut has stocked its nurseries with both cocoa and…

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Peter Boone to succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as Barry Callebaut CEO

SWITZERLAND – Leading cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut has announced that Peter Boone,  its current Americas zone president, will succeed Antoine de Saint-Affrique as the company’s CEO. Antoine de Saint-Affrique has served as CEO since October 2015 and will be stepping down at the end of the group’s fiscal year paving way for Boone who will take on the role of CEO on 1 September 2021 Boone joined the company as chief innovation officer in 2012 and has served as Barry Callebaut Americas region president since September 2017.…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates third factory in India as demand for high-quality chocolate soars

INDIA – Leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility, located in Baramati, India. The Baramati facility is Barry Callebaut’s third factory in India and represents the company’s largest investment in the country to date. The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats. This will enable the company cater to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial…

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Barry Callebaut partners Deloitte to help farmers in Indonesia modernize cocoa farming

INDONESIA – Barry Callebaut , one of world’s largest cocoa processors and chocolate manufacturers and Deloitte – one of the big four audit firms – have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the support for cocoa farming communities in Indonesia.  The multi-year strategic collaboration aims to equip Indonesian farmers with skills necessary for improving their cocoa farming ventures into modern, high income ventures. To this end, the companies plan to deliver educational and skills development programmes to over 30,000 cocoa farmers in Sulawesi and Sumatra. According to Barry Callebaut, Indonesia…

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Barry Callebaut set to explore more on the cocoa fruit other than just making chocolate

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut has entered a new category by launching the new Cabosse Naturals cacao fruit brand that features a range of ingredients that showcase the zesty taste and natural richness of cacao fruit. Cabosse Naturals will offer a range of 100% natural ingredients from the cacao fruit, including pulp, juice, concentrate and cascara (a fine flour made from the peel of the fruit). These ingredients will allow brands, chefs and artisans to create a range of products including juices, smoothies, ice creams, fruit snacks, snack bars, dairy desserts…

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Barry Callebaut releases new Stewart & Arnold chocolate brand targeting British market

SWITZERLAND – Barry Callebaut has unveiled a new British chocolate brand, Stewart & Arnold, inspired by recently uncovered traditional recipes. The brand can trace its origins back to 1945 when businessman William Stewart and Dr Arnold Spicer (Fellow of Royal Institute of Chemistry) created a Chocolate Factory in the small town of High Wycombe. Over 70 years later, Stewart & Arnold is now produced in the historic market town of Banbury, headquarters of Barry Callebaut’s UK operation, and bordering the Cotswolds in the heart of the British countryside. As the…

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Leading Swiss companies partner with institutions of higher learning to launch master’s program in Africa

GHANA – A consortium of Swiss companies namely Nestlé, ABB, Barry Callebaut, LafargeHolcim and Bühler have partnered with one of the world’s leading universities, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) to launch a new master’s program in sub-Saharan Africa. The ‘ETH Masters in Africa – Engineering for Development’ is a three-year program, developed in close collaboration with Ashesi University in Ghana. ETH Zurich lecturers will work on site with Ashesi University’s professors as well as with industrial partners to teach the students from Ghana. The educational…

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Barry Callebaut breaks ground for new cocoa facility in Ecuador to develop its value chain

ECUADOR – Barry Callebaut, a Swiss premium chocolate manufacturer, has broken ground on a new, state-of-the-art, cocoa facility in Durán, Ecuador, representing a significant investment into the future growth of the country’s cocoa value chain. Upon completion, the site will receive, dry, clean and store cocoa beans and prepare for export to cocoa and chocolate factories in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe. The project represents a significant investment in Ecuador as Barry Callebaut continues to develop the value chain of the fast-growing cocoa producing country. “As a global leader…

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