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Annual results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut outstrips chocolate volume growth as chairman steps down

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By Oliver Nieburg+

02-Nov-2016
Last updated on 02-Nov-2016 at 11:32 GMT2016-11-02T11:32:29Z

Barry Callebaut sales volumes outdo global chocolate confectionery declines of 1.7% . Photo:Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut sales volumes outdo global chocolate confectionery declines of 1.7% . Photo:Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has outpaced the overall global chocolate market in its full-year results as long-serving chairman Andreas Jacobs announces plans to step down.

Jacobs, who has been company chairman for 11 years, will vacate his post in December.

Current vice chairman Patrick De Maeseneire has been proposed for election as the new chairman.

Andreas Jacobs was elected Barry Callebaut chairman in December 2005. He will step down at the company’s Annual General Meeting 2016. Photo:Barry Callebaut

Chocolate supply deals bolster sales

In results published today, Barry Callebaut announced full-year revenue growth of 8.8% in local currencies to CHF 6.7bn ($6.9bn) and a sales volume increase of 2.2% to 1.83m metric tons (MT).

Barry Callebaut said its ‘Food Manufacturers’ chocolate business - which supplies chocolate to customers such as Mondelēz International - grew sales volumes 7.6% in the full-year.

It came as global chocolate confectionery sales volumes fell 1.7% over the period, according to market analysts Nielsen.

Barry Callebaut’s cocoa business – which supplies butter, powder and other cocoa ingredients - dropped 12% as it phased out less profitable contracts.

Group net profit declined 5.1% in local currencies and 8.7% in CHF to CHF 219m ($225m), which Barry Callebaut attributed to one-off costs and higher tax rates.

Source: Barry Callebaut.

Geographic performance

Photo:Flickr/Mark Ordonez

The company grew sales volumes 6.6% in its Region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) to 814,236 MT.

Europe’s chocolate confectionery market declined 1.2% in sales volumes over the period, according to Nielsen.

The European market showed signs of recovery in the last quarter and consumption is picking up, said Barry Callebaut in its annual report published today.

The firm’s Region America’s sales volumes climbed 8.8% driven by a long-term chocolate outsourcing deal with World’s Finest Chocolate.

The chocolate confectionery market in the region declined 3% over the same period, according to Nielsen.

Barry Callebaut also significantly outgrew Asia Pacific’s weak chocolate market (-0.1%) with 10.8% sales volume growth in the region to 76,433 MT.

The firm posted double-digit growth in China, India and Latin America driven by outsourcing contracts with companies such as Arcor and Grupo Bimbo.

Barry Callebaut reaffirmed its three-year outlook of 4-6% volume growth and EBIT growth above volume growth in local currencies.

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