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In 1996 the Belgian chocolate producer Callebaut and the French chocolate company Cacao Barry joined forces, creating a new company called Barry Callebaut. Both Cacao Barry and Callebaut were widely recognized in the food industry as reliable suppliers of high-quality products and as dependable business partners for thousands of wholesale and retail specialists in the chocolate industry. The merger combined Cacao Barry’s know-how in procurement and initial processing of cocoa beans with Callebaut’s extensive experience in producing and marketing chocolate products.

After 1996, the company continued to grow through geographic expansion into strategic growth markets, outsourcing contracts, innovation and acquisitions. Since 1998 Barry Callebaut has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Acquisition of Carma AG in Switzerland
Acquisition of the Stollwerck Group in Germany
Acquisition of Dutch Group Graverboom B.V. (including Luijckx B.V.)
2003 Acquisition of Brach’s Confections Holding, Inc. in the U.S.
Acquisition of the vending mix business of AM Foods in Sweden
Opening of a chocolate factory in California, U.S.
Opening of a chocolate factory in Chekhov, Russia
2007 Divestment of Brach’s Confections Holding, Inc. in the U.S.
Signing of major outsourcing contracts with Nestlé, Hershey’s and Cadbury
Acquisition of a cocoa factory in Pennsylvania, U.S.
Opening of a chocolate factory in Suzhou, China
2008 Acquisition of a 49% stake in Biolands, Tanzania
2008 Acquisition of a 60% stake in KLK Cocoa in Malaysia
2008 Opening of a sales office and CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Mumbai, India
Opening of CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers in Suzhou (China), Zundert (Netherlands), Mumbai (India), Chekhov (Russia) and Chicago (U.S.)
Sale of African Consumer business
2008 Acquisition of IBC, specialist in decorations, in Kortrijk-Heule, Belgium
Outsourcing agreement with Morinaga in Japan and start of production in new factory
Opening of a chocolate factory in Monterrey, Mexico
2009 Sale of Van Houten Singapore consumer business to Hershey's
2009 Distribution agreement signed with Bunge Alimentos in Brazil

Acquisition of Danish vending mix company Eurogran

Acquisition of Spanish chocolate maker Chocovic, S.A.


Opening of a chocolate factory in Extrema, Brazil

2010 Signing of a major outsourcing contract with Kraft Foods Inc.
2011 Acquisition of remaining 40% stake in Barry Callebaut Malaysia Sdn Bhd, formerly KLK Cocoa
2011 Expansion of the existing supply and innovation agreement with Hershey’s
2011 Signing of long-term outsourcing agreement with Chocolates Turín, Mexico
2011 Sale of European Consumer Products business to Belgian Baronie Group

Barry Callebaut and P.T. Comextra Majora enter into joint venture to form P.T. Barry Callebaut Comextra Indonesia 

2012 Acquisition of American chocolate decorations manufacturer Mona Lisa Food Products, Inc. 
2012 Acquisition of the Spanish la Morella nuts 
2012 Launch of new “Cocoa Horizons” initiative based on strategic pillar Sustainable Cocoa 
2012 Purchasing Chatham facility from Batory Industries Company in Ontario (Canada) 
2012 Signing of long-term outsourcing/partnership agreement with Unilever, Grupo Bimbo (Mexico) and Morinaga (Japan)
2012 EFSA issues positive Scientific Opinion on Barry Callebaut’s health claim on cocoa flavanols
2013 Signing of first long-term outsourcing agreement in South America with Arcor

Acquisition of ASM Foods AB in Sweden and signing of first long-term outsourcing agreement in Scandinavia with Carletti A/S

2013 Opening of an expanded state-of-the-art chocolate factory in Toluca, Mexico

Acquisition of the cocoa business of Singapore-based Petra Foods


Inauguration of the first Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d’Ivoire

2013 Opening of a cocoa factory in Makassar, Indonesia (with joint venture partner P.T. Comextra Majora) and a chocolate factory in Eskişehir, Turkey
2013 EU Commission approves Barry Callebaut’s health claim on cocoa flavanols
Today, Barry Callebaut is the world market leader in high-quality choco­late and cocoa products and the only fully integrated company with a global pres­ence in the sector. The company has evolved from a supplier of industry and specialty chocolates for industrial and artisanal customers into a provider of integrated solutions, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product, to the entire food industry. As the outsourcing partner of choice, Barry Callebaut has an estimated 40% market share in the open market. Barry Callebaut offers more than 6,000 recipes to its customers, allowing it to cater to local taste preferences around the world.