Barry Callebaut completes acquisition of chocolate production facility in Belgium

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Barry Callebaut AG has successfully closed the acquisition of the chocolate production facility from Mondelez International in Halle, Belgium.

Barry Callebaut AG has successfully closed the acquisition of the chocolate production facility from Mondelez International in Halle, Belgium, as announced on September 15, 2016. This follows the completion of works council consultations and closing conditions.

The factory in Halle, which will be integrated into Barry Callebaut’s global manufacturing network as of January 1, 2017, will expand the company’s production capacity for quality Belgian chocolate and fillings. The transaction also includes a long-term agreement for the supply of an additional 30,000 tons of liquid chocolate per year to Mondelez International, which will start early this year.

With annual sales of about CHF 6.7 billion (EUR 6.1 billion / US$6.8 billion) in fiscal year 2015/16, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 50 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of close to 10.000 people.

The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and to improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.

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