Barry Callebaut opens first chocolate factory in South America

Barry Callebaut has opened its first chocolate factory in South America in Extrema, Brazil.

Juergen Steinemann, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said the company will now have local access to its South American customers.

According to the company, the factory has been designed to meet the highest quality and food safety standards with an annual production capacity of around 20,000 tonnes. The total investment amounted to approximately US$15 million and will create 70 new jobs.

The factory will make dark, milk and white chocolate as well as compound for artisanal and for industrial customers, but no end-consumer products. Capacity utilisation at the plant is expected to rise rapidly, while 80 per cent of the factory’s production will be delivered to the mainly growing food service market which includes restaurants, fast food restaurants and hotels.





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