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Blommer buys Shanghai cocoa facility

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

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America’s biggest chocolate supplier has acquired a manufacturing plant in Shanghai as part of an estimated US$40m investment in a fully integrated bean processing and chocolate manufacturing facility.

The plant will support growing demand for Blommer Chocolate Company’s ingredients in China and Asia-Pacific, the company said in a statement. 

Expanding our operations to China represents a new chapter in the growth of our company​,” said Rick Blommer, president of global expansion. 

We assembled a talented sales and applications support team in our Pudong Shanghai office over the past year to develop our market presence and, with this acquisition, we are now well positioned to expand our offerings to the growing Chinese market​.” 

The plant will supply Blommer’s existing brand-name customers as well as an expanding number of local Chinese companies entering the market. 

This acquisition is an important component of our exciting multi-pronged strategy to further strengthen our leading market position in North America and establish strong growth platforms in developing markets​,” said Peter Blommer, president and chief executive. 

In the last 18 months, the strategy has increased the company’s chocolate and compound capacity by over 32,000 tonnes in North America. Current projects will further double this capacity over the next 12 months.

Related topics: Ingredients, Chocolate, Emerging Markets

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