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Completion of Dijon sale to “Chocolaterie de Bourgogne”

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November 30, 2012
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Zurich/Switzerland, November 30, 2012 – Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality cocoa and chocolate products, today completed the sale of its factory and the related business in Dijon (France) to the newly formed “Chocolaterie de Bourgogne,” as announced on September 21, 2012. With this, Barry Callebaut concludes the final step to dispose of all its consumer activities and to fully focus on business-to-business, serving industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate.

As a result of the divestiture, Barry Callebaut reported a one-time loss from discontinued operations of CHF 66.8 million (EUR 55.1 million / USD 72.0 million) in its fiscal year 2011/12. The operational result of the business until completion of the sale as well as final price adjustments will be reported under discontinued operations for the company’s fiscal year 2012/13. Barry Callebaut is not expecting a significant additional write-off.

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Barry Callebaut:
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion) for fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 30 countries, operates around 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two global brands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®. Barry Callebaut is the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. Cost leadership is another important reason why global as well as local food manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range of sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.

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Contacts

for investors and financial analysts:

for the media:

Evelyn Nassar

Raphael Wermuth

Head of Investor Relations

Head of Media Relations

Barry Callebaut AG

Barry Callebaut AG

Phone: +41 43 204 04 23

Phone: +41 43 204 04 58

evelyn_nassar@barry-callebaut.com

raphael_wermuth@barry-callebaut.com