Barry Callebaut to open factory in the Russian city of Kaliningrad
Senior executives within the chocolate manufacturer say the move will strengthen Barry Callebaut’s position within the Russian market.
The Barry Callebaut Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced the opening of its third factory in Russia, located in the special economic zone of Kaliningrad region, which will be operational from August 2021.
The current setup of the factory will allow Barry Callebaut to produce liquid and solid compound, and fillings. Initially the factory will employ around 40 people, thus creating new skilled jobs, mainly in production, engineering and warehousing.
“The opening of our third factory further strengthens our presence in Russia and underlines our commitment to the world’s third-largest chocolate confectionery market,” said Rogier van Sligter, Co-President of EMEA at Barry Callebaut.
Apart from the factory in Kaliningrad, Barry Callebaut’s footprint in Russia includes two factories, one in Chekhov, in the Moscow region, and another in Kasimov, in the Ryazan region.
“The three factories, together with the Chocolate Academy Center located in Moscow, enable us to serve our customers better, offer a full product portfolio and satisfy the growing demand in Russia and CIS countries for chocolate innovations,” said Bart De Geyndt, General Director of Barry Callebaut Russia and CIS.
With annual sales of about CHF 6.9 billion (EUR 6.4 billion / USD 7.1 billion) in fiscal year 2019/20, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products.
The Group runs more than 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a workforce of more than 12,000 people. The Barry Callebaut Group serves industrial food manufacturers, as well as artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants and caterers.
The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to making sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.