Barry Callebaut Inaugurates New $55M Cocoa Grinding Unit

April 1, 2019

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Barry Callebaut Inaugurates New $55M Cocoa Grinding Unit
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Cocoa and chocolate products manufacturer Barry Callebaut inaugurated a new, CHF 55 Million (about $55.2 million) cocoa grinding unit on Thursday at its Zone 4C Societe Africaine de Cacoa (SACO) facility in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 

“This significant investment in our cocoa processing capacities in Côte d’Ivoire is one more sign of our long-term commitment to the country and to the African continent,” said the chief executive officer of the Barry Callebaut Group, Antoine de Saint-Affrique, in a company press release. “Not only as a supplier of high quality cocoa beans, but also as an industrial base and as an emerging market for cocoa and chocolate consumption.”

The new unit created 45 new jobs and is expected to increase the SACO plant’s processing capacity by some 40% by 2022. Products made at the plant will be sold in markets throughout West Africa. 

SACO was established in 1964 as a subsidiary of Barry Callebaut to serve West Africa. The company said its “two most important” cocoa grinding facilities are located in Abidjan and San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire. 

Barry Callebaut’s new grinding unit will create 45 new jobs.

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