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Barry & the Chocolate Factory: Callebaut is moving places

Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate producer, is relocating its European logistics site from Aalst to Lokeren to adequately serve the international market. The new center will outdo the existing site in size and sustainability and accounts for a total investment of EUR 100 million.

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Staying true to its roots

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.”

A mutual partnership

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.

Future job potential

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.”

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Barry Callebaut
Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
5 July 2019

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