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Callebaut ups Scandinavian capacity with $36m Carletti acquisitions

Barry Callebaut has acquired Sweden’s ASM Foods from Carletti and has taken over additional operations from Carletti in Demark to up its production capacity in Scandinavia.

Cocoa ingredient price drop keeps Barry Callebaut sales flat

Barry Callebaut has recorded flat revenues in its first quarter results released today as cocoa ingredient prices fell year-on-year.

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New global chocolate firm sets 2013 ambitions

Chocolaterie de Bourgogne, a new company formed from Barry Callebaut’s sale of its last consumer goods factory, speaks exclusively to about the firm’s inauguration, its priorities for 2013 and a...

Natra profits rise after cocoa price letup

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has more than doubled its operating profit in its ninth-month results helped by relaxing cocoa prices, North American expansion and a shift to value...


Nestlé’ UK restarts dark chocolate production at York site

Nestlé UK & Ireland has revived dark chocolate production at its factory in York after ending a third party outsourcing deal.

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Private label chocolate gains ground in US food stores

Supermarket own brand confections are on the rise in America, according to Gertrude Hawk Chocolates chairman Dave Hawk.

Barry Callebaut UK strikes end as settlement reached

Barry Callebaut has reached a settlement with workers at a factory in the UK after strikes were staged earlier in the week over a pay dispute.

Barry Callebaut looking for settlement with UK strikers

Barry Callebaut has told that it is looking to reach a settlement with around 100 employees in the UK who staged strikes yesterday and on Saturday over a pay...

New global chocolate firm carved out of Callebaut plant sale

A new player has entered the global chocolate market after Barry Callebaut sells its final consumer goods factory, based in France.

Barry Callebaut opens first Chocolate Academy in Mexico

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has announced the opening of its first ever Chocolate Academy in Mexico – the latest product of its exclusive distribution partnership with Chocolates Turin.

Barry Callebaut teams with Rainforest Alliance for certified Cameroonian cocoa

Barry Callebaut has announced that it will collaborate with Rainforest Alliance to train members from five farmer cooperatives in Cameroon to produce certified cocoa.

Private labels to account for 30% of all supermarket sales by 2018: Report

Australian manufacturers of branded foods could face strong competition over the next five years, suggests a new report, which predicts the share of private label products in supermarkets to increase...

Barry Callebaut’s sales boosted by volume gains in Americas

Barry Callebaut has posted modest growth in its nine-month sales figures driven by volume gains in North and South America.

Barry Callebaut aims to double farm productivity with $1m Ivorian cocoa centre

Barry Callebaut has announced that it is to spend $1 million (€833,000) on a Center of Cocoa Excellence in the Ivory Coast in a bid to double cocoa yields from...

The private label dilemma: To be or not to be?

Suppliers that want to jump aboard the private label surge will face a fine balancing act of co-producing for the sector and branded goods, according to Rabobank.

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Barry Callebaut restates Q3 results after Stollwerck sale

Barry Callebaut has restated its third quarter (Q3) results for 2010/11 following the sales of its European Consumer Products business Stollwerck to the Belgian Baronie Group.

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Barry Callebaut R&D head Vriens resigns

Barry Callebaut has announced that chief innovation officer Hans Vriens has quit after seven years at the company.

Natra grows Asian presence with new supply contract in China

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has signed a Belgian chocolate supply contract in China with an unnamed distributor that it says will boost sales in the market by 70%...

Barry Callebaut extends Morinaga deal and plans to move Japanese production

Barry Callebaut has announced plans to relocate production to a new site in Japan to meet rising demand from domestic confectioner Morinaga.

Barry Callebaut ups capacity 60,000 tonnes in North America

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has acquired a new plant in Canada and plans to expand another facility in the US, increasing its capacity by 60,000 tonnes.

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Sir Bob Geldof to speak at Callebaut’s chocolate conference tomorrow

Sir Bob Geldof will be among the keynote speakers at Barry Callebaut’s Chocovision 2012 conference in Davos, which kicks off tomorrow.

Barry Callebaut introduces lactose-free milk chocolate for Europe

Barry Callebaut has launched a lactose-free milk chocolate that it claims has a similar taste to regular milk chocolate.

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Natra profits soar after operational improvements

Spanish ingredients firm Natra has upped its operating profit 71% on last year in its first quarter (Q1) results due to operational changes in its main cocoa and chocolate business.

Callebaut outpaces market but profits hit by partnership and supply chain costs

Barry Callebaut has outshone the global chocolate market in its six month results, but profits were stunted by recent partnership-related costs and supply chain investments.

Natra establishes chocolate subsidiary after reorganisation

Spanish firm Natra has announced a new international chocolate subsidiary as it attempts to improve efficiency and explore new markets.

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