The Swiss-based company’s origins are firmly rooted in Belgium, which contributed to its choice to expand locally: “Lokeren was the obvious choice,” explains Massimo Garavaglia, director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “It’s ideally located between Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels – where most of our customers are, and close to the Port of Antwerp, our export gateway. In addition, the new center will be perfectly situated to easily supply our main production sites in Wieze and Halle.”
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Barry & the Chocolate Factory: Callebaut is moving places
Callebaut is relying on logistics real estate specialist WDP to develop the site. In exchange, the chocolate producer will enter into a long-term lease contract. The new building will be fully automated and completely energy neutral and is expected to be operational in fall 2021.
The expansion follows the company’s 2017 investment in new production lines in Halle and Wieze, the birthplace of the pink chocolate. “We continue to reinvest in our Belgian sites, demonstrating our loyalty and commitment. The new hub in Lokeren will generate more jobs, but initially, the 85 employees of the current European logistics center in Aalst will make the switch.”