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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Ferrero breaks ground on project to build first chocolate processing facility in North America

USA — Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products Ferrero Group has broke ground on a new US$75 million, 70,000-square-foot chocolate processing facility in Bloomington, Illinois.   The plant under the group’s North America division will be Ferrero’s third facility that processes chocolate, and it’s first outside of Europe.  The new facility is an expansion of Ferrero’s existing Bloomington manufacturing center and will produce chocolate for Crunch, 100 Grand, Raisinets, and other Ferrero products for the North American market.  “The ability to process high-quality chocolate here in North America is instrumental…

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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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Mondelēz owned dairy brand Cadbury enters plant-based scene with launch of first vegan chocolate bar

UK – Cadbury, one of the most popular snack brands owned by US snack giant Mondelēz, has announced the launch of its first vegan chocolate bar, with two different flavours to choose from.  According to the company, the new plant-based which takes inspiration from its popular cousin Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, will be launching in UK retailer Sainsbury’s stores from November.  The chocolate maker said the new vegan bars took two years to develop and contain almond paste instead of the Milk that is used to impart a creamy taste to its original Dairy Milk bars. …

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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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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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Cadbury Dairy Milk enhances sustainability profile with switch to recycled plastic packaging

UK –  Cadbury Dairy Milk made in Bournville and sold in the UK and Ireland is to be made with packaging containing up to 30% recycled plastic, a statement from Mondelēz International has revealed.   The transition to recycled packaging is expected to commence in 2022 with an initial rollout of the packaging innovation on more than 28 million sharing bars.   The shift, according to Mondelēz is part of a broader global commitment by the business to reduce the use of virgin plastic material in its overall plastic packaging portfolio by 5% by 2025,…

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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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Ferrero promotes Todd Siwak to president and chief business officer of North American business

USA — Italian confectionery company Ferrero Group, has promoted chief executive officer of Ferrara Candy Co. Todd Siwak to president and chief business officer of Ferrero North America.   Siwak is succeeding Paul Chibe, who had been in the position since 2015, and is now taking on a new international assignment from this month within Ferrero Group as Global President, Sugar Confectionery and Gums.  In his new role, Mr. Siwak will be responsible for driving the strategic objective of expanding Ferrero business in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean.  This includes growing…

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