The Barry Callebaut Group, a manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has broken ground on 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 20,000 m2 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 Centre in Mumbai, the company intends to advance its work with customers to co-create innovative chocolate for local consumers. This week, Barry Callebaut also moved its sales operations into a new, larger office in Mumbai.
The plant represents Barry Callebaut’s biggest investment in India, and 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.