Barry Callebaut's network of CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers grows to 23 worldwide

Press Release

Barry Callebaut's network of CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers grows to 23 worldwide

Press Release
Today, Barry Callebaut's Finest Belgian Chocolate brand, Callebaut®, opened a new CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Antwerp - for the first time not for professional chefs only.

Barry Callebaut founded its first CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Wieze/Belgium more than 30 years ago. The company has been training the world's leading chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers and catering crews for years. Today, Barry Callebaut's Belgian gourmet chocolate brand, Callebaut, opened a new CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Antwerp, located in the world's largest Belgian chocolate museum, Chocolate Nation. 

The new CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center Antwerp is, together with the academy in Wieze and Zundert (Netherlands), the third such chocolate training center in the Benelux and Barry Callebaut's 23rd academy worldwide. For the first time, not only professional chefs, but also hobby chocolate enthusiasts can improve their skills at the new academy.


Callebaut Academy Antwerp

About Callebaut® (

For more than 100 years already, Callebaut® has been producing chocolate at the very heart of Belgium. The company is still one of those rare chocolate producers that selects its own cocoa beans, and roasts and grinds them into their very own secret and exclusive cocoa mass, the most important ingredient for coating chocolate. Callebaut® was founded in Belgium in 1850, initially as a family brewery. Grandson Octaaf Callebaut started producing his first chocolate bars in 1911, and shortly after that he launched into the production of coating chocolate for Belgian chocolatiers. In 1950, Callebaut® started exporting its finest Belgian chocolates. It now forms part of the Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading producer of the finest cocoa and chocolate products.

About the Barry Callebaut Group:

With an annual turnover of approximately CHF 6.9 billion (EUR 6.0 billion/USD 7.1 billion) achieved in the financial year 2017/18, the Zürich registered Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading producer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. The whole process encompasses purchasing and processing the cocoa beans, followed by the production of the finest quality chocolate, including chocolate fillings, decorations and chocolate icing products. The Group runs approximately 60 production plants worldwide, and employs a highly diverse and dedicated workforce of more than 11,500 employees.

The Barry Callebaut Group acts as a supplier to the entire food industry, from industrial food producers to artisan and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, confectioners, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants and catering companies. Callebaut® and Cacao Barry® are the two world brands that meet the requirements of this gourmet clientele.

The Barry Callebaut Group is making every effort to ensure that by 2025 sustainable chocolate has become the norm in order to safeguard future cocoa supplies and to also improve the living conditions of the farmers. The Group supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in their endeavour to ensure a sustainable future for cocoa and chocolate.

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