Barry Callebaut at a glance

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the Barry Callebaut Group is the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa. We are the heart and engine of the chocolate industry and our mission is to be number one in all attractive customer segments. We are a business-to-business company, fully vertically integrated with a strong position in cocoa-origin countries.
Barry Callebaut's glance

This is Barry Callebaut - 

We are shaping the world of chocolate and cocoa! 

  • Employs more than 12,000 people operating out of more than 40 countries
  • Operates about 60 production facilities
  • Generated annual sales of about CHF 7.3 billion (EUR 6.5 billion / USD 7.4 billion) in fiscal year 2018/19
  • Has comprehensive competencies in the art of making chocolate and cocoa products - from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds.
  • With a comprehensive portfolio of brands & products, Barry Callebaut is serving three main customer audiences:
    • Food & Beverages Manufacturers: Global, regional and local food manufacturers use Barry Callebaut's chocolate and cocoa products as ingredients in their consumer products.
    • Artisans & Chefs: Professional users such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakeries, hotels, restaurants and caterers rely on Barry Callebaut's premium chocolate products and on its convenient, ready-to-use and ready-to-sell products offered under a variety of gourmet brands.
    • Vending: Barry Callebaut’s various beverage brands offer a rich variety of chocolate, cocoa and cappuccino vending mixes to its global customer base in the vending sector.
25% of all chocolate and cocoa products consumed in the world contain Barry Callebaut.
25% of all chocolate and cocoa products consumed in the world contain Barry Callebaut.

We are present in 1 out of 4 of all chocolate and cocoa products around the world

As a business-to-business company, the Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers.

We are able to provide our customers with added-value products and services adapted to specific market needs, ahead of trends and at a competitive price.

We are present in one out of four of all chocolate and cocoa products consumed around the world.

Barry Callebaut is the outsourcing partner of choice for leading global and local food companies with which we have a number of long-term partnership agreements. We are also the world's largest supplier of gourmet chocolate and specialties products through our three global brands Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®, and Carma®.

We are present in all stages of the industrial chocolate value chain

The Barry Callebaut Group is mastering every step in the value chain from the sourcing of raw materials to the production of the finest chocolates.

As we do not own any cocoa plantations, we source our most important raw material, the cocoa bean, directly through well-established presences in cocoa origin countries from cooperatives, intermediaries and government bodies.

In order to accommodate price fluctuations in raw materials, most of our business is based on a cost-plus pricing system that passes on raw material costs directly to our customers.

Barry Callebaut is present in all stages of the cocoa and chocolate value chain
From the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate and cocoa products - Barry Callebaut is present in all stages of the cocoa and chocolate value chain.

Barry Callebaut uniquely positioned in industrial chocolate and cocoa markets

With more than 175 years of chocolate heritage, our Group has an unparalleled blend of expertise in cocoa and chocolate. Through our leadership in innovation and renovation of products, we help our customers grow their business. Combined with our cost leadership, this makes us the preferred outsourcing partner to the food industry.

Barry Callebaut uniquely positioned in industrial chocolate and cocoa markets
The chocolate and cocoa markets: The competitive landscape in which the Barry Callebaut Group operates.

A global manufacturing footprint and a local service

We are a fully vertically integrated company and have a unique global footprint with more than 60 factories. The Barry Callebaut Group runs cocoa factories in the main cocoa origin countries as well as chocolate factories close to our customers.

Barry Callebaut's global footprint
Barry Callebaut’s truly global footprint gives the company a key competitive advantage.
Barry Callebaut's vision and values.

Our vision and values

Everything the Barry Callebaut Group does has deep and strong roots in the company's five core values - customer focus, passion, entrepreneurship, team spirit and integrity.

Our strategy

The Barry Callebaut Group aims to outperform the global chocolate and cocoa market. This ambitious long-term strategy is based on four pillars: 

Barry Callebaut's four-pillar long-term growth strategy
Barry Callebaut's four-pillar long-term growth strategy.

Geographical split (as per end of fiscal year 2018/19)

Barry Callebaut is organized into different Regions: Region EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Region Americas and Region Asia Pacific. The globally managed Global Cocoa business is reported as a separate segment like a Region.

Overall, Barry Callebaut operated 62 factories worldwide by the end of fiscal year 2018/19, selling its products to 140 countries.

Barry Callebaut Sales Volume by Region - Geographical View

Our Regional and Product split

Our Regional and Product split

Sales volume by Product Group

Barry Callebaut is serving various customers segments - from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate - through three different Product Groups: Food Manufacturers Products, Cocoa Products and Gourmet & Specialties Products.

Barry Callebaut Sales Volume by Product Group

Key figures fiscal year 2018/19

Sales volume 2,139,758 tonnes
Sales revenue CHF 7,309.0 mio
Operating profit (EBIT) CHF 601.2 mio
Total employees ~ 12,000
Total factories 62

The future of Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut will continue to strive for a smart balance between consistent, above-market volume growth and enhanced profitability - continuing our SMART growth strategy.

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The mid-term guidance for the 2019/20 - 2021/22 period

  • Average volume growth 4-6% and
  • an EBIT growth on average above volume growth1

1 in local currencies and barring any major unforeseen events

Get in Touch

Your Barry Callebaut Group Contacts

Christiaan Prins
Head of External Affairs
+41 43 204 03 76
Claudia Pedretti
Head of Investor Relations
+41 43 204 04 23