Barry Callebaut increases investment in Canada with expansion of Ontario factory

By Anthony Myers

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Barry Callebaut's sprawling facility in Chatham Ontario. Pic: Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut's sprawling facility in Chatham Ontario. Pic: Barry Callebaut

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The investment includes liquid and moulding lines as well as enhanced dairy-free production capabilities, the Belgian chocolate supplier said.

The multi-year expansion started in 2018, with an initial investment of $30m for additional liquid storage capacity in Chatham to expand the variety of products available to customers. An additional $70m will have been invested in Chatham’s product portfolio and enhanced manufacturing capabilities through the end of the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

The rolling expansion will bring the total investment in the Chatham factory to $100m and  will enable Barry Callebaut to continue to drive long-term growth in the growing compound market in North America.

Production at the plant currently includes a broad range of products, from liquid milk and dark compound to moulded products. The investment includes both liquid and moulding lines, as well as enhanced capabilities for the production of dairy-free compound to accommodate growing customer demand for plant-based indulgence.

White compound production will be added in 2023. The expansion of the Chatham factory has fueled economic growth in the area – and Barry Callebaut said it has created almost 100 direct jobs, and 25 indirect hires.

This new capacity will satisfy growing demand from both food manufacturers and gourmet customers for our compound solutions in this dynamic consumer market​,” said Balaji Padmanabhan, VP of Operations and Supply Chain, Americas, Barry Callebaut.

Earlier this year Barry Callebaut announced an investment of $104m in a new specialty chocolate factory in Brantford, Canada. The factory in Brantford will focus on sugar-free chocolate, high protein, and other specialty products to meet increasing customer demand.

This Chatham expansion marks another milestone for our Region. Investing in our compound production, together with the new specialty chocolate factory in Brantford, allow us to lean into the wide-variety of specialized experience in the Region, and to establish a strategic foothold in our network as we accelerate our growth journey​,” said Steve Woolley, President & CEO Americas, Barry Callebaut.

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