Barry Callebaut completes factory relocation in Japan

Barry Callebaut has completed the move of its Japan’s chocolate factory from Amagasaki to Takasaki. The new and larger facility offers an initial annual production capacity of 22,000 tonnes of chocolate and compound products. The total amount invested is CHF 18.5 million ($19.4 million). Situated in the Gunma Prefecture, the highly automated factory covers 17,000m2 .

It is close to existing and potential new customers and will serve as a local base to serve both industrial food manufacturers as well as gourmet customers in the Japanese chocolate market. The opening of the new facility in Japan strengthens Barry Callebaut’s position as the market leader in the manufacturing of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products in Asia Pacifi c. Just two months ago, the company opened a new cocoa bean processing factory in Indonesia in partnership with local manufacturer P.T. Comextra Majora. The company now operates five cocoa bean processing factories, four chocolate factories, four R&D centers and three Chocolate Academy centers across the region.