Company history

The Barry Callebaut Group, headquartered in Switzerland, resulted from the merger between Belgian chocolate maker Callebaut and French chocolate producer Cacao Barry in 1996. The Group has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 1998. Following the integration of the acquired cocoa business from Petra Foods into the Barry Callebaut Group in June 2013, the company is now the largest manufacturer of both chocolate and cocoa products.

Some important milestones in the Barry Callebaut Group's history

2016

  • Barry Callebaut closed the acquisition of the commercial beverages vending activities of FrieslandCampina Kievit, making it a leading supplier of vending powder mixes

​2015

  • Barry Callebaut signs a licensing agreement with Naturex to market approved health claim on cocoa extract
  • Launch of the HORIZONS sustainable products and the Cocoa Chronicles
  • Barry Callebaut acquires Nyonkopa to cover growing customer need for sustainable and traceable cocoa from Ghana
  • Barry Callebaut to partner with Mondelez to scale up their Cocoa Life program
  • Launch of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities
  • Announcement of a new partnership with the Hershey Company to improve the livelihoods of thousands of farmers in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Opening of a new CHOCOLATE ACADEMYTM center in Japan, the Group’s 19th training center in the world and its fourth in Region Asia Pacific
  • GarudaFood and Barry Callebaut enter long-term supply agreement in Indonesia - Barry Callebaut’s first compound chocolate outsourcing agreement in Southeast Asia
  • Announcement of Antoine de Saint Affrique to become the new CEO of Barry Callebaut as of October 1, 2015
  • Signing of an agreement to acquire the customer portfolio, brands, recipes and manufacturing equipment from nut products manufacturer American Almond Products Co., Inc. (U.S.)
  • Launch of new  chocolate and compound recipes with a higher thermo-tolerance
  • Barry Callebaut opens first Cocoa Application Center in Asia Pacific in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, to drive future growth of its customers
  • Barry Callebaut joins leading industry initiatives to develop sustainable supply chains
  • European Commission extends Barry Callebaut’s health claim on ACTICOA® products to cocoa extracts
  • Establishing a Shared Service Center (SSC) in Lodz, Poland, for bundling transactional activities in Europe
  • Inauguration of a new, modernized CHOCOLATE ACADEMYTM center in Russia’s capital Moscow
  • Barry Callebaut together with IB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and KU Leuven (University of Leuven) optimize the cocoa fermentation process with a newly developed yeast
  • The Barry Callebaut Group awarded with a new patent on reduced fat chocolate
  • Signing of a long-term outsourcing agreement with World’s Finest® Chocolate based in Chicago, U.S., including acquisition of their manufacturing assets
  • Building of a new compound chocolate factory in Pune, India
  • Opening of a new CHOCOLATE ACADEMYTM center in Cologne, Germany
  • Opening of the first CHOCOLATE ACADEMYTM center in the Middle East in Dubai
Launch of independent, non-profit Cocoa Horizons Foundation
Launch of independent, non-profit Cocoa Horizons Foundation

2014

  • Official inauguration of Barry Callebaut’s first chocolate factory in Chile
  • Expansion plans announced for the chocolate factory Lodz, Poland
  • Announcement about the expansion of the Brazilian chocolate factory in Extrema
  • Organization of 2nd international stakeholder conference Chocovision in Davos
  • Opening of new Callebaut® flagship CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Wieze
  • EFSA approval to extend existing health claim for cocoa extract products
  • Acting as leading force to form the “CocoaAction” strategy of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)
  • Acquisition of the remaining 51% stake of the Biolands Group
  • Start of production in new, relocated chocolate factory in Tagasaki (Japan) 
Callebaut® flagship CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Wieze
Callebaut® flagship CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Wieze

2013

  • Inauguration of the 16th CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center on the premises of the Barry Callebaut Group’s EEMEA headquarters in Istanbul
  • Inauguration of the Group’s first chocolate factory in Turkey located in Eskişehir
  • EU Commission approves Barry Callebaut’s health claim on cocoa flavanols
  • Opening of a cocoa factory in Makassar, Indonesia (with joint venture partner P.T. Comextra Majora)
  • Inauguration of the first Cocoa Center of Excellence to promote advanced agricultural techniques in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Acquisition of the cocoa business of Singapore-based Petra Foods
  • Opening of an expanded state-of-the-art chocolate factory in Toluca, Mexico
  • Acquisition of ASM Foods AB in Sweden and signing of first long-term outsourcing agreement in Scandinavia with Carletti A/S
  • Signing of first long-term outsourcing agreement in South America with Arcor
Factory Opening in Eskişehir, Turkey
Factory Opening in Eskişehir, Turkey

2012

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

2011

  • Barry Callebaut and P.T. Comextra Majora enter into joint venture to form P.T. Barry Callebaut Comextra Indonesia
  • Sale of European Consumer Products business to Belgian Baronie Group
  • Signing of long-term outsourcing agreement with Chocolates Turín, Mexico
  • Expansion of the existing supply and innovation agreement with Hershey’s
  • Acquisition of remaining 40% stake in Barry Callebaut Malaysia Sdn Bhd, formerly KLK Cocoa
Barry Callebaut Comextra Indonesia
Factory in Makassar, Indonesia

2010

  • Signing of a major outsourcing contract with Kraft Foods Inc.
  • Opening of a chocolate factory in Extrema, Brazil
  • Signing of a major outsourcing contract with Kraft Foods Inc.

2009

  • Acquisition of Spanish chocolate maker Chocovic, S.A
  • Acquisition of Danish vending mix company Eurogran
  • Distribution agreement signed with Bunge Alimentos in Brazil
  • Sale of Van Houten Singapore consumer business to Hershey's

2008

  • Opening of a chocolate factory in Monterrey, Mexico
  • Outsourcing agreement with Morinaga in Japan and start of production in new factory
  • Acquisition of IBC, specialist in decorations, in Kortrijk-Heule, Belgium
  • Sale of African Consumer business
  • Opening of CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ centers in Suzhou (China), Zundert (Netherlands), Mumbai (India), Chekhov (Russia) and Chicago (U.S.)
  • Opening of a sales office and CHOCOLATE ACADEMY™ center in Mumbai, India
  • Acquisition of a 60% stake in KLK Cocoa in Malaysia
  • Acquisition of a 49% stake in Biolands, Tanzania
  • Opening of a chocolate factory in Suzhou, China

2007

  • Acquisition of a cocoa factory in Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Signing of major outsourcing contracts with Nestlé, Hershey’s and Cadbury
  • Divestment of Brach’s Confections Holding, Inc. in the U.S.
  • Opening of a chocolate factory in Chekhov, Russia

2005

  • Opening of a chocolate factory in California, U.S.

2004

  • Acquisition of the vending mix business of AM Foods in Sweden

2003

  • Acquisition of Brach’s Confections Holding, Inc. in the U.S
  • Acquisition of Dutch Group Graverboom B.V. (including Luijckx B.V.)

2002

  • Acquisition of the Stollwerck Group in Germany

1999

  • Acquisition of Carma AG in Switzerland