Marks the manufacturer’s largest investment in the country to date.
Barry Callebaut has opened a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility in Baramati, India. Marking the company’s biggest investment in India to date, the new chocolate factory and warehouse include 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.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, commented: “The new factory in Baramati celebrates India’s rich chocolate heritage, and marks a new milestone in Barry Callebaut’s history of direct investment in India. It underlines our commitment to the world’s second most populous country, a confectionery market with great potential. In line with our smart growth strategy, the new factory expands our local production footprint in the region.”
In addition to the new chocolate factory in Baramati, Barry Callebaut’s production network in India includes another chocolate factory in Pune, and a specialties and decorations factory, also located in Baramati. Together with its existing Chocolate Academy Centre and sales office in Mumbai, the company is committed to expand its work with its customers to co-create innovative chocolate for local consumers.
The company further revealed a double-digital growth in India over the last four years, along with an enthusiastic consumer response towards innovative chocolate such as Ruby chocolate. Moreover, demand for high-quality chocolate has been on the rise, which has promoted a concurrent increase in domestic chocolate production.
Dhruva Jyoti Sanyal, managing director for Barry Callebaut India, concluded: “The opening of our new flagship chocolate factory marks an important step forward in advancing our business across more regions of India. This new facility underpins our ability to deliver a broad portfolio of locally produced chocolate products that meet the increasingly diversified needs of consumers in India’s fast-growing chocolate and cocoa market.”