Barry Callebaut has disclosed plans to open its third chocolate factory in Russia’s Kaliningrad region to firm up its presence in the world’s third-largest chocolate confectionery market.
The factory located in the special economic zone of Kaliningrad, at the Baltic Sea, is said to be operational in August 2021.
The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, acquired the factory in September 2020.
According to a company statement, “the current setup of the factory will allow Barry Callebaut to produce liquid and solid compound and fillings.”
The Kaliningrad plant is estimated to initially employ about 40 people, thus creating new skilled jobs, mainly in production, engineering and warehousing.
“The opening of our third factory further strengthens our presence in Russia and underlines our commitment to the world’s third-largest chocolate confectionery market,” said Rogier van Sligter, Co-President of Barry Callebaut’s Europe Middle East Africa region (EMEA).
Prior to entering the Baltic Sea enclave, Barry Callebaut’s footprint in Russia included two factories, one in Chekhov, Moscow region, and another in Kasimov, Ryazan region.
“The three factories, together with the CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ Center located in Moscow, enable us to serve our customers better, offer a full product portfolio and satisfy the growing demand in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries for chocolate innovations,” added Bart De Geyndt, General Director Barry Callebaut Russia & CIS.
According to Euromonitor’s 2020 Ranking, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group with annual sales of about CHF 6.9 billion (EUR 6.4 billion / USD 7.1 billion) in the 2019/20 fiscal year is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products.
Its global operations cover sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds.
The Group runs more than 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of more than 12,000 people.
The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers.
Its global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut®and Cacao Barry®, Carma®and the decorations specialist Mona Lisa®.
The Barry Callebaut Group which marked its 25th anniversary only days ago said it is committed to making sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
Barry Callebaut supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.