Barry Callebaut trade volumes return to pre-pandemic levels as former CEO makes a comeback

SWITZERLAND – Swiss chocolate maker, Barry Callebaut has seen trade volumes return back to pre-pandemic levels thanks to pandemic-weary customers returning to cafes and bakeries for chocolate cakes.  In its financial overview of fiscal year 2020/21 (ended August 31), Barry Callebaut Group saw volumes grow 4.6%, to over 2 million metric tons with the Gourmet and Specialities segments having a positive impact on the mix.   Volume growth was supported by all of the company’s regional businesses with the Asia Pacific delivering an 8.7% growth, the Americas expanding by 7.9%, and…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates world’s largest chocolate warehouse in Belgium

BELGIUM – World-leading cocoa and chocolate manufacturer The Barry Callebaut Group, has inaugurated its new Global Distribution Center in Lokeren, Belgium.   Dubbed ‘The Barry Callebaut Chocolate Box’, the new warehouse is touted as the world’s largest and most sustainable chocolate warehouse.  The warehouse will be the logistical hub for all packed Belgian chocolate and decorations products, produced in Barry Callebaut’s chocolate factories in Wieze and Halle, Belgium.  With a total investment amount of EUR 100 million, it is the largest investment Barry Callebaut has ever made in its operations network,…

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Barry Callebaut opens new center in Dubai to drive innovation in Middle East chocolate industry

UAE – World leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products Barry Callebaut Group, has inaugurated its relocated Chocolate Academy Center in Dubai.  According to the company, the center, which is now at the foot of the iconic Burj Khalifa, will serve as a creative platform where chefs and artisans can showcase and develop their talent and skills.  The center’s dedicated team of chefs is also expected to continue inspiring and educating the chocolate industry and introducing new techniques to artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners, bakers and caterers.  This, according to Barry, would play an important…

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Barry Callebaut expands presence in Southeastern Europe with inaugration of US$64m chocolate factory in Serbia

SERBIA –  Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, has officially inaugurated its new chocolate factory in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city.   The facility’s inauguration was attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, at the invitation of Peter Boone, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group.   The state-of-the-art factory, built at a cost of 55 million euros (U$64m), has an initial annual production capacity of over 50,000 tonnes of chocolate.   Its operation will allow Barry Callebaut to supply customers with a wide range of chocolate, compound, and…

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Barry Callebaut appoints Rogier van Sligter as sole President for EMEA

SWITZERLAND – Rogier van Sligter, currently  Co-President EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at Barry Callebaut,  has been appointed the sole president for the region by the board of the Swiss-based cacao processor and chocolate manufacturer.   Sligter’s appointment which is effective October 1, 2021, follows Andrew Fleming’s decision to pursue new career opportunities outside the Barry Callebaut Group.   Rogier van Sligter (a Dutch national) joined Barry Callebaut in 2004 as Account Manager and in 2008 was appointed Sales Director Benelux & Nordics.  From 2012 to 2016, he served as…

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Swiss food companies partner with institutions of higher learning to up skill Ghanaian youths

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 appoints new heads for procurement and human resource divisions

SWITZERLAND – Zurich-based cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has made new executive appointments in its procurement and human resource departments as it seeks to ensure a smooth transition following exit of former CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. According to a statement from the company, Massimo Selmo, currently, head of global sourcing, will become the first-ever chief procurement officer of the chocolate company.   Selmo who has worked at Barry Callebaut for 25 years, including 23 as head of global sourcing will also become a member of the executive committee.   During…

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Barry Callebaut reviews World War II Chocolate brand as Ferrero Rocher wraps chocolates in eco-designed boxes

UK – Swiss-based chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut has reintroduced world-war-era quintessential British chocolate brand Stewart & Arnold in an effort to capture the taste and imagination of British chocolate lovers.    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, Barry Callebaut is reintroducing the classic chocolate brand in UK stores. They are now produced in the historic market town of…

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Barry Callebaut completes acquisition of Europe Chocolate Company, extends supply agreement with Hershey

BELGIUM – Swiss-based cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has successfully closed the acquisition of Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian privately-owned B2B manufacturer of chocolate specialties and decorations.  In a statement, Barry said that it will now focus on integrating the business into the company’s global operations.   ECC integration is expected to strengthen Barry Callebaut’s manufacturing capabilities in the growing market of highly customized chocolate specialties and decorations.  “We are pleased to close this acquisition and very happy to welcome the ECC team to the Barry Callebaut family,” Wim Debedts,…

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Barry Callebaut partners Nestlé, Proforest to promote sustainable practices in coconut farming

SWITZERLAND – Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is stepping up its efforts to make sustainable chocolate the norm by extending its sustainability programs to coconut production.  To this end, Barry Callebaut is launching a scorecard to define and develop sustainable practices in coconut production and address “untackled challenges” across the sector, together with Nestlé and Proforest.  Coconut is a key ingredient in many of Barry Callebaut’s products, which is why the company is developing a coconut sustainability framework to promote positive change.   The success of the project will bolster the Swiss chocolate giant’s Forever…

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