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Callebaut invests in chocolate plant in Wieze

Swiss chocolate group Barry Callebaut is investing EUR 4 million in its plant in the East Flemish village of Wieze. To meet the growing demand for chocolate, the company is installing a new production line.

Chocolate consumption is growing worldwide, a trend Callebaut is not about to ignore. The company is therefore investing EUR 4 million in a new production line at its chocolate plant in Wieze. It will be used primarily for making chocolate chips and callets, used commonly in the baking industry. Besides installing a new production line, Callebaut is investing an additional EUR 9 million to upgrade the existing lines, in the hope of increasing the overall production capacity at the plant by 10 15 percent, and maybe more over the long term.

The Wieze chocolate plant is the largest in the world. Last year it produced 260,000 tons, to which the new production line will add 20,000 tons. Callebaut has 8,000 employees worldwide and over 30 production units in 25 countries. Its turnover for the previous financial year was EUR 2.68 billion, which makes it the world leader on the chocolate market. (reported by De Tijd newspaper)

More info: Callebaut


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1 December 2006

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