Multi-million investment for Cargill’s Belgian liquid chocolate production
Cargill has confirmed a €12 million investment to make key improvements to its Mouscron site in Belgium for a new liquid chocolate production facility.
The company said the move came in response to growing customer demand for high quality chocolates tailor-made to individual customer specifications, demonstrating Cargill’s continued commitment to providing its customers with a secure and broad supply of bespoke products.
As the business explained, it believed that its latest line creates a total of 10 new jobs and expands its milk and dark chocolate production capabilities. The total level of investment in the site now stands at around €47 million.
Cargill currently employs approximately 150 people in production and related services at its site at Mouscron. Belgium has been a focal point of Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business for many years thanks to the country’s strong chocolate production tradition combined with a strong focus on safety and product integrity.
The Mouscron facility processes dark and milk chocolate in liquid and solid form for manufacturers active in confectionery, biscuits, bakery, ice-cream and artisanal applications. The company has another chocolate site in Belgium, Antwerp, producing liquid and solid chocolate.
Inge Demeyere, managing director for Cargill’s chocolates and compound activities in Europe, said: “Indulgence is a key driver of the demand for premium chocolate. With the new production line, we will be able to better meet Belgium’s chocolate needs – and offer more quality Belgian chocolate to customers in other global markets who want to benefit from the country’s world-class reputation. At Cargill, we are fully committed to our long-term growth in the Belgian chocolate market.”