The facility is expected to begin operating mid-2021 and will initially produce 10,000 tons of chocolate compounds. Cargill said it is partnering with a local manufacturer in the region, the exact location has yet to be decided, but new jobs are expected to be created. The company already has more than 3,500 employees working in India across plants and a network of offices, warehouses and depots.
“Asia is a key growth market for Cargill. Opening a chocolate manufacturing operation in India allows us to increase our regional footprint and capabilities in Asia to better support the needs of our local Indian customers as well as multi-national customers in the region,” said Francesca Kleemans, managing director Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia-Pacific.
“It also demonstrates our commitment to supporting the local economy with the addition of 100 new manufacturing jobs.”
Customers can tap into Cargill’s R&D network of food scientists and experts located at the group's state-of-the-art regional innovation centers in Singapore, Shanghai and India to collaboratively innovate with chocolate products that bring sensory experiences in terms of colors and flavors specific to regional and local tastes and consumption patterns.
Cargill also said customers will benefit from globally integrated cocoa and chocolate supply chain, risk management capabilities, and its “renowned food safety and sustainability approach to cocoa and chocolate production”.