Tony’s Chocolonely is the fastest-growing chocolate maker in the world. In the most recent financial year, the confectioner realized a net profit of EUR 73,000, and increased sales by 21 percent – to a whopping EUR 133 million. But while the company may be Dutch, its owners and factories are firmly rooted in Flanders’ flourishing food industry. The Borsbeek facility collaborates with other manufacturers in Tienen and Turnhout, using chocolate from the Barry Callebaut plant in Wieze.
Earlier this year, the Borsbeek factory’s annual production capacity had already been increased from 4,200 to 7,000 tons. To make that happen, Tony’s Chocolonely invested more than EUR 2 million in a new production line, machines, and automation. Its headcount grew from 17 to 40 employees.
The new investment of another EUR 4 million will further build on those improvements. “We aim to achieve an annual production of 8,000 to 9,000 tons,” says Wouter de Vries, director of the Tony’s factory in Borsbeek.