Cargill has announced plans to invest $48m to double capacity at its plant in Mouscron.
The investment will span across two years with the added capacity helping to meet rising demand for chocolate in confectionery, bakery, dairy and artisanal applications.
Cargill will employ 40 new people to operate the added production lines, which are expected to be operational in summer 2014.
Capacity for liquid, dark and milk chocolate and solid chocolate drops and chunks will all be increased.
Raw materials such as cocoa butter will be sourced from Cargill’s processing plants in the Netherlands and France.
The investment comes soon after Rabobank forecast a third consecutive cocoa deficit in the 2014/14 season that is predicted to cause cocoa prices to rise.