Barry Callebaut has announced the groundbreaking for the construction of its new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility in Baramati, India – about 250 km south-east of Mumbai.
Upon completion, the new chocolate factory and warehouse will include state-of-the-art 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.
The new greenfield facility in Baramati will cover a total of 20,000sqm and is scheduled to be operational by mid-2020. Once fully operational, it will have an annual production capacity of more than 30,000 tons of chocolate and compound and employ between 100 – 120 people, thus creating new skilled jobs, mainly in engineering and production.
The factory in Baramati will also be equipped with an R&D lab. Furthermore, together with its existing CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ Center in Mumbai, the company intends to advance its work with customers to co-create innovative chocolate for local consumers. The company also moved its sales operations into a new, larger office in Mumbai.
The factory is the biggest investment in India to date. This expansion of the Group’s footprint in India is tied to the country’s rapidly developing demand for high-quality chocolate and will serve to meet the growing needs of Barry Callebaut’s customers.
“The new factory will be one of our biggest locations in Asia and it will enable us to meet customers’ growing demands for high-quality chocolate in India. We are proud to deepen our presence here and to continue to invest in a country that has been so welcoming to us for more than a decade. Our expansion will support our business volume growth and ambition to become the leading industrial chocolate manufacturer in India,” Ben De Schryver, president of Barry Callebaut for the Asia Pacific, said.
According to Nielsen, India is one of the fastest-growing markets for the chocolate confectionery industry. Sales volume of chocolate confectionery in India grew +16% in 2018 (+6.5% CAGR 2013-2018). The chocolate confectionery market in India is expected to continue to show strong growth in the coming five years, according to Euromonitor.
The company has built its presence in India by serving food manufacturers, and established a strong network of nationwide distribution and committed channel partners over the years.