The facility is expected to commence operation by mid-2021, and will initially produce 10,000 tonnes of chocolate.
Consumer demand for chocolate products continues to grow steadily in the Asia market. To help the food industry meet this growing demand, Cargill has partnered with a local manufacturer in western India to launch its first chocolate manufacturing operation in Asia. The facility is expected to begin operating by mid-2021, and will initially produce 10,000 tonnes of chocolate compounds.
Francesca Kleemans, managing director, cocoa and chocolate, Asia-Pacific, Cargill, said: “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.”
Customers can tap into Cargill’s R&D network of food scientists and experts located at Cargill’s regional innovation centres in Singapore, Shanghai and India to collaboratively innovate with chocolate products that bring sensory experiences in colours and flavours specific to the regional and local tastes and consumption patterns. Customers also benefit from Cargill’s globally integrated cocoa and chocolate supply chain, risk management capabilities, and its food safety and sustainability approach to cocoa and chocolate production.
“Combining local insights from our experience and long-term presence as food ingredient supplier in India with our global cocoa and chocolate expertise, we aim to become the leading supplier and partner for our bakery, ice cream and confectionary customers in Asia, who will use our chocolate compounds, chips and paste to create products that will delight local palates,” Kleemans concluded.