Barry Callebaut bolsters Singapore facility to meet demand

Swiss chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut has invested $18 million in expanding its manufacturing facility in Singapore to meet growing demand for chocolate in the region.

The expansion includes the installation of a third production line, a chocolate chips/drops moulding line and a warehouse at the manufacturing plant, which Barry Callebaut says is also the first industrial chocolate factory in Singapore.

Specifically, the chocolate chips/drops moulding line produces products in various shapes and sizes to satisfy market requirements, while the 2,600 sq mt of warehouse space will allow the company to facilitate quicker and efficient deliveries of its chocolate products due to greater flexibility with stock-holding.

The majority of the chocolate produced in the factory in Singapore is largely exported to global and local food manufacturers across the region.

“This expansion is a strong sign of our commitment to Singapore and the Asia Pacific region,” said Barry Callebaut Group CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique. “We have a growing customer base in Asia Pacific and we are committed to serving these customers with an always greater level of efficiency.”

Besides the three lines for chocolate manufacturing, the facility also houses a Chocolate Academy, which tests and develops new chocolate products and recipes, as well as helps with training and demonstrations for chocolate artisans, pastry chefs, confectioners, bakers and caterers.

“Barry Callebaut has its history in Singapore and the new expansion in this country will further optimise our footprint while further growing our business to meet the growing demand in this region,” said Ben De Schryver, Asia Pacific president of Barry Callebaut. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to bring efficiencies into our own organisation and will bring us that added competitive advantage.”

The company has more than 200 employees in Singapore and its sales office in Millenia Tower also houses its regional sales, supply chain management and corporate functions teams. It has nine factories located in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Earlier this month, the company announced its expansion into Indonesia by opening its first chocolate factory in the country.

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