Barry Callebaut has delivered a ground breaking ceremony for its third confectionery manufacturing site in India, as part of a total investment of CHF 50 million into the country over the past five years, writes Neill Barston.
Its latest chocolate and compound factory will be located in the Ghiloth industrial area, in Neemrana,120 km southwest of Delhi, with the nation set to become the largest regional player for the company’s operations.
Notably, the new greenfield facility will cover a total of 20,000m2 and is scheduled to be operational in 2024, including state-of-the-art assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats, catering to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial bakers and patisseries. The new facility will also house a warehouse and a research and development laboratory.
Its emergence comes in the wake of the company’s announcement earlier this month of its Second Generation chocolate, which has targeted the premium confectionery segment with a new luxury line featuring cocoa reportedly sourced from Ecuador that promises to be its most sustainably-produced yet, in entirely revisiting its processing chains from the farm upwards.
The company’s latest investment in India reaffirms its commitment to the country during the past 15 years. Since the opening of the first Chocolate Academy centre in Mumbai in 2007, the business has continuously invested in the Indian chocolate and cocoa market. It now operates two factories in Baramat, producing high-quality chocolate and compound. The business is one of the largest chocolate and cocoa manufacturers in Asia Pacific. Employing more than 1,900 employees in the region.