Barry Callebaut invests USD70M in Chatham factory
By Food in Canada StaffBusiness Operations Confectionery Barry Callebaut Editor pick Ontario
Barry Callebaut unveils the next phase of expansion planned for its factory in Chatham, Ont. The multi-year expansion started in 2018, with an initial investment of USD30 million for additional liquid storage capacity. An additional USD70 million will have been invested in Chatham’s product portfolio and enhanced manufacturing capabilities through the end of the 2022/2023 fiscal year, ending August 31, 2023. The ongoing investments will bring the total investment in the Chatham factory to USD100 million.
These investments will enable Barry Callebaut to grow its share of the North American compound market. Production at the plant currently includes a broad range of products, from liquid milk and dark compound to moulded products. The investment includes both liquid and moulding lines, as well as enhanced capabilities for the production of dairy-free compound. White compound production will be added in 2023.
Balaji Padmanabhan, VP of operations and supply chain, Americas, Barry Callebaut, said, “This new capacity will satisfy growing demand from both food manufacturers and gourmet customers for our compound solutions in this dynamic consumer market.”
Steve Woolley, CEO and president, Americas, Barry Callebaut, continued, “This Chatham expansion marks another milestone for our region. Investing in our compound production, together with the new specialty chocolate factory in Brantford, allow us to lean into the wide variety of specialized experience in the region, and to establish a strategic foothold in our network as we accelerate our growth journey.”
In April, Barry Callebaut announced an investment of USD 104 million in a new specialty chocolate factory in Brantford, Canada. The factory in Brantford will focus on sugar-free chocolate, high protein, and other specialty products .
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