When it comes to chocolate, consumers immediately think of its renowned provenances: Belgium, Switzerland, West Africa, etc. Meanwhile, in Asia, Indonesia forms the third largest producer of cocoa beans in the world, just behind the Ivory Coast and Ghana. It therefore might come as a surprise to some that Singapore – a country with little natural resources, and even fewer land for cocoa farms – should be home to a locally-founded chocolate manufacturer.
And yet, for twenty years, Aalst Chocolate has served both local and global consumers and food producers with their chocolate covertures
and compounds, offering a range of industrial, food service, and consumer products. Sourcing their ingredients from reputable global suppliers, the company prides itself on using the quality ingredients and recipes to deliver distinct and consistent flavours.
Recently, in 2021, Aalst Chocolate was acquired by Cargill, one of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate suppliers, signalling another step forward in the company’s history. Speaking to Liu Xiaoling, managing director of Aalst Chocolate and indulgence lead for Cargill’s food solutions business in Asia Pacific, Agatha Wong from Food & Beverage Asia learns more about the company’s history, growth, and strategies moving forward.
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