Emerging US ingredient firm Barchemy launches chocolate production line

US-based ingredient firm Barchemy, specialising in Better-For-You (BFY) chocolate and nutritional bar solutions has confirmed development of a chocolate production line free from the majority of allergens, reports Neill Barston.

Located near Pittsburgh, the company which founded six years ago, has resulted from a 40,000 square foot expansion at its Donora, PA manufacturing plant and adds significant new capacity.

The production line, which includes equipment developed by Aasted for the site, will be operational from January, and conform to Kosher/Parve standards, and comes in addition to its existing business focused on bespoke confectionery, bakery and ice cream ingredients.

“We pride ourselves on being focused on the Better-For-You space, which centres on products with no added sugar and/or sugar-free and consists of high protein and fibre-enriched chocolate, chocolate coatings, and fillings. With the launch of our new production line, our team is providing capacity for allergen free options that doesn’t sacrifice taste while utilising the benefits of dark chocolate and no artificial sweeteners,” said Larry Toscano, President and CEO.

Since its inception, Barchemy has offered a variety of products that meet the health and wellness goals of formulators and manufacturers targeting health-conscious consumers.

The new dedicated line will be housed in the company’s state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot addition, which is adjacent to the company’s existing manufacturing plant and corporate offices.

As the company noted, its Better-For-You manufacturing addresses an industry need as eating habits change among consumers. This specific line will be free of gluten, peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, soy, corn, sesame, mustard, coconut, fish, and shellfish.

“With this added capacity, Barchemy is in a position to bring the BFY category components that have been lacking and requested by our customers as eating habits of their customers’ trend toward healthy alternatives,” said Toscano.


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