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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Mexico becomes the latest country to join the International Dairy Federation

BELGIUM – Mexico, the 16th largest producer of milk in the world, has joined the International Dairy Federation(IDF), bolstering the federation’s members and expanding its global reach and influence.  Based in Brussels, Belgium,  IDF is a recognised international authority in the development of science-based standards for the dairy sector.  The body plays an important role in ensuring the right policies, standards, practices and regulations are in place to ensure the world’s dairy products are safe and sustainable.  In a statement, IDF said that as a member of the federation, Mexico will benefit from being part of a dynamic…

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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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AB InBev’s sales exceed pre-pandemic levels, but inflation eats into Q2 profits

BELGIUM – World’s largest brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev has reported top-line growth of 3.2% in quarter 2 2021, ahead of the same quarter in 2019.   The brewer of Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Corona, produced second-quarter sales of US$13.5bn, a 27.6 percent jump on an organic basis, which strips out the impact of currency movements, acquisitions, and divestitures, from the same period in the previous year.  In Q2, 2021, total volumes for the world’s largest brewer grew 20.8%, compared to the same quarter in 2020 while total volumes for the first half of the year grew 17%.  Revenues for…

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AB InBev names new CEO to succeed Carlos Brito, reports 17.2% rise in Q1 revenues

BELGIUM – Michel Doukeris, president of the AB InBev’s North America business, has been unveiled as the CEO designate, to take over from Carlos Brito who has been at the helm of the company for 15 years. Carlos Brito has been credited as the man behind Anheuser-Busch InBev transformation into the world’s largest brewer through a series of high-profile deals. Brito, a 60-year-old Brazilian, has worked with AB InBev for over 32 years and he oversaw the integration of U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch with the Belgian-Brazilian conglomerate InBev. More recently, he…

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Cargill inches closer to completion of Belgian innovation hub, supports sustainable grazing practices in the US

BELGIUM- The construction of Cargill’s new Belgium-based innovation hub dubbed the ‘House of Chocolate’ comprising of an inspirational high-tech chocolate experience centre, a pilot plant and a sensory lab, is well underway and is anticipated to open in March 2022. Cargill says the soon to be opened US$21 million innovation hub is an integral part of our long-term “Journey to Joy 2022” vision to become the trusted solution provider for chocolate and will serve its broad customer portfolio. The chocolate experience center will be a platform for co-creation to improve…

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Kellogg, Tyson make new investments in capacity expansion

BELGIUM – Kellogg, an American multinational food manufacturing company, has announced a €30 million (about US$36 million) investment in its Pringles plant in Mechelen, Belgium, to boost sustainability and throughput. The facility – which is one of two Pringles plants in Europe – ships cans of the brand’s potato chips to more than 40 countries across the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Kellogg says that the US$36million investment will be used to upgrade production lines with a new fryer to increase throughput. Additionally, the company plans to install…

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Newly launched startup EverGrain to convert AB InBev’s barley waste into plant-based protein

BELGIUM – EverGrain, a newly launched startup backed by AB InBev, is on a mission to realize the untapped potential of barley, particularly the one that has been used to create beer. According to a statement from AB InBev, the sustainable ingredient company will revolutionizing the use of spent barley to deliver highly nutritious, great tasting protein and fiber barley-based ingredients to the world. The company, started by the brewer’s former head of sustainability Greg Belt, creates two unique ingredients from the waste, EverPro and EverVita. Greg says that both…

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Dutch Food company Vion to acquire Adriaens to bolster position in Belgium’s meat industry

BELGIUM – International producer of meat, meat products and plant-based alternatives Vion Food Group has announced that it intends to acquire Adriaens, a beef producer based in Zottegem, Belgium, as it aims to expand its position in the country. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Vion has production locations in the Netherlands and Germany and operates under four business units namely Pork, Beef, Food Service and Retail. Based in Zottegem, Adriaens is one of the largest cattle slaughterhouses in Belgium, with a capacity of 2,000 animals a week. Its acquisition forms part…

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AB-InBev beer sales bounce back in Q3 as consumers adjust to the new normal of drinking

BELGIUM – AB-InBev beer sales increased by 2.6% in Q3 as Consumers have quickly adjusted to the new reality by shifting to in-home consumption occasions. AB-InBev says this rise in beer sales translated to a 4% growth in revenues in 3Q20. Across the first three quarters of the year, however, revenue declined by 6.8% – hit by the pandemic – with revenue per hl growth of 1.6%. The brewer’s total volumes grew by 1.9% in 3Q20, with own beer volumes rising by 2.6% and non-beer volumes recording a 2.5% decline.…

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