Barry Callebaut opens third chocolate factory in India

By Anthony Myers

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The new Barry Callebaut Factory in Baramati India. Pic: The Barry Callebaut Group
The new Barry Callebaut Factory in Baramati India. Pic: The Barry Callebaut Group

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The Barry Callebaut Group has announced it has opened a new chocolate and compound factory in India, in a significant investment in the region.

Located approximately 250 km south-east of Mumbai in Baramati, the new facility represents the Group’s biggest investment in India to date.

The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats, catering to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial bakers and patisseries.

‘Make in India'

In a statement the Group said the new factory, it’s third in India, underlines its commitment to the world’s second most populous country, and a confectionery market with great potential, while being a part of the government’s ‘Make in India’ to encourage companies to manufacture in India.

Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group said: “Once fully operational, the 20,000 square meter facility will employ between 100 to 120 people, thus creating new skilled jobs, mainly in engineering and production. The new plant also features a variety of energy and water-saving solutions in the areas of infrastructure, production equipment and the overall facility energy control system​.”

In addition to the new chocolate factory in Baramati, Barry Callebaut’s production network in India includes another chocolate factory in Pune (Maharashtra) and a specialties and decorations factory, also located in Baramati. The Group also has a Chocolate Academy and sales office in Mumbai.

Double-digit growth

Over the past four years, Barry Callebaut said it has seen double-digit growth in India, along with an enthusiastic consumer response towards innovative chocolate such as Ruby chocolate. Demand for high-quality chocolate has been rising, which has prompted a concurrent increase in domestic chocolate production.

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