Barry Callebaut expands into Indonesia with first chocolate factory

Chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut has expanded into Indonesia by opening its first chocolate factory in the country.

The three-storey 4,000 sq mt factory, which is built on GarudaFood’s biscuit plant in Gresik, will supply chocolate to GarudaFood, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Indonesia. It will initially employ around 50 people.

First announced in June 2015, Barry Callebaut entered into a long-term outsourcing agreement with the GarudaFood to supply at least 10,000 tonnes of compound chocolate per year, and set up its own operations.

“The new chocolate factory in Gresik marks an important cornerstone in Barry Callebaut’s strategy to strengthen our position as a leader in all key markets in Asia Pacific,” said Barry Callebaut CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. “It also enables us to grow our already significant presence in Indonesia – an important emerging market with about 260 million people that offers above-average growth opportunities.”

Hardianto Atmadja, CEO of GarudaFood Group, added, “The chocolate production lines at the Barry Callebaut factory allow us to focus our manufacturing facilities in Indonesia on biscuits and strengthen the factory as a key competence centre for our biscuits products in Indonesia. This move will help us to further develop our successful biscuit brands.”

Indonesia is the world’s third largest cocoa bean grower and fourth most populous country.

Barry Callebaut, which has a direct presence in eight countries across Asia Pacific, employs more than 500 employees in Bandung and Makassar, Indonesia, where it operates two cocoa grinding factories. In June of this year, the company announced that it is committed to increase its sustainability activities for cocoa farmers in Indonesia.

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