Barry Callebaut boosts chocolate production capacity in Singapore

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Barry Callebaut has added a fourth chocolate production line to its Singapore facility, as it aims to meet increased demand for chocolate in Southeast Asia.

The new production line has been installed with ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment that Barry Callebaut claims has the ability to produce chocolate blocks of different volumes at an efficient rate.

Located in Senoko, in the northern part of Singapore, the factory is said to have been instrumental in growing the presence of the company in the region and marks Barry Callebaut’s biggest chocolate factory in the Asia Pacific.

Since the facility opened in 1997, Barry Callebaut has made a series of investments in Singapore including the acquisition of Petra Foods’ Cocoa Ingredients Division which operates under its Delfi Cocoa brand and a $18 million expansion to its Senoko facility in 2016 with a new production line, molding line and warehouse facility.

“The continued expansion of this factory reaffirms Barry Callebaut’s commitment in Singapore for the long-term. We look forward to continuing working with the government, local institutions, and our customers and partners to realise our role as the leading chocolate manufacturer in this country,” said Ben De Schryver, president of Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific.

He continued: “We are very encouraged by the steady growth of Singapore’s food industry which would not have been possible without the country’s strong reputation in food safety and quality. For us, this expansion in Singapore is also about paving the way for our business to be more efficient overall and bringing more innovations to the markets.”

Barry Callebaut’s latest installation follows recent investments within the Asia Pacific region such as its decision to purchase GKC Foods in Australia and a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility in India.