The new factory integrates a high level of automation and meets the highest quality standards to guarantee maximum food safety. It is designed to manufacture industrial chocolate – liquid and moulded chocolate – as well as compound. Capacity utilization at the plant is expected to rise rapidly and reach 60-70% by the end of fiscal year 2009/10. Full capacity is expected to be reached within five years.
In addition to servicing food manufacturers, Barry Callebaut will also continue to import Gourmet chocolate products to sell to artisanal chocolate users such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs and caterers in Mexico.
The new production site in Monterrey will offer Barry Callebaut a high level of flexibility within the region to respond to growing demand in both Mexico and North America more broadly. Barry Callebaut operates eight chocolate and cocoa factories in the Americas.
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With annual sales of more than CHF 4.8 billion for fiscal year 2007/08 (USD 4.4 billion), Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products – from the cocoa bean to the finished product on the store shelf. Barry Callebaut is present in 26 countries, operates about 40 production facilities and employs more than 7,000 people. The company serves the entire food industry, from food manufacturers to professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), to global retailers. It also provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.