Firm Opens 3D Printing Studio for Chocolate Production

February 18, 2020

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Firm Opens 3D Printing Studio for Chocolate Production
Barry Callebaut launched a 3D printing studio for chocolate products. Image courtesy of Barry Callebaut

Cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has opened a new 3D printing studio for its Mona Lisa decoration brand to produce customized 3D printed chocolate at scale, the company announced in a recent release. 

Technology in the Mona Lisa site enables chefs to create unique, reproducible designs for chocolate products. Barry Callebaut worked with pastry chef Jordi Roca to create the “Flor de Cocoa” design – a 3D printed chocolate that looks like a cocoa flower – prior to the launch. 

“This new way of working with chocolate is going to take consumers by surprise, with previously unthinkable shapes produced at scale and with impressive precision,” Roca said in the company release. “I’m usually inspired by the things I can’t do as they represent a creative challenge – but now, thanks to Mona Lisa 3D Studio, I can take my chocolate craftsmanship to the next level. I can imagine any new kind of design and it will come to life.”

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Barry Callebaut’s Mona Lisa 3D Studio can print thousands of chocolates at once. Chefs and customers can create a design at the site based on their own preferences and then work with a team of Barry Callebaut designers to develop a digital 3D prototype and samples. The clients can approve the prototype and then reproduce the design quickly at scale, according to the company. The equipment can be used in a variety of applications, including hot drinks, pastries, confectionery products, and desserts. 

“Innovation is an important pillar of Barry Callebaut’s proven ‘smart growth’ strategy. I am delighted that the Mona Lisa 3D Studio allows chefs to create unique consumer experiences at scale,” Pablo Perversi, chief innovation, sustainability & quality officer and head of gourmet at Barry Callebaut, said in a statement. “This technological breakthrough innovation positions the Mona Lisa brand at the forefront of the industry and strengthens Barry Callebaut’s global leadership in decorations.”

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