Barry Callebaut breaks ground on new chocolate factory in India

WCN Editorial Team 24 Jul 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Swiss chocolate-maker Barry Callebaut has broken ground on its new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility in Baramati, about 250km south-east of Mumbai, India.

Expected to be operational by mid-2020, the new 20,000m² chocolate facility will include latest assembly lines to manufacture chocolate and compound to cater to the various needs of its customers such as food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial bakers and patisseries.

Once operational, the factory will have capacity to produce more than 30,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound while creating 100-120 skilled jobs.

The new facility will also include an R&D lab, which will work in coordination with its CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center in Mumbai, to advance its work with customers to develop innovative chocolate to serve the local tastes.

Earlier this week, the company had also moved its sales operations into a new, larger office in Mumbai.

As per the company, the plant represents its yet biggest investment in the country. The move is expected to expand Barry Callebaut’s footprint in India, where the demand for high-quality chocolate is increasing.

Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific President Ben De Schryver said: “As a global leader in the chocolate industry, we are excited about India’s great growth potential.

“The new factory will be one of our biggest locations in Asia and it will enable us to meet customers’ growing demands for high-quality chocolate in India.

“We are proud to deepen our presence here and to continue to invest in a country that has been so welcoming to us for more than a decade. Our expansion will support our business volume growth and ambition to become the leading industrial chocolate manufacturer in India.”

Barry Callebaut has built its presence in the country by serving food manufactures and developed a network of nationwide distribution and committed channel partners over the years.

The company had also partnered with local chocolate manufacturers to launch Ruby chocolate, the fourth type of chocolate after Dark, Milk and White chocolate and also launched its locally-produced Van Houten Professional chocolate in the country.

Barry Callebaut India managing director Dhruva Jyoti Sanyal said: “India is an exciting market where innovation in chocolate is well received by consumers. As an innovation leader, we are proud to bring our innovative capabilities into a market where domestic chocolate production is increasing.

“We have experienced double-digit growth in India over the last three years. Our confidence in the future development of the chocolate market in India, together with the desire to better serve our customers in India, has prompted the expansion of our footprint and services.”

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Image: Officials of Berry Callebaut at the ground breaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Barry Callebaut.

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