Barry Callebaut AG, a manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has opened its expanded chocolate factory located in Toluca, Mexico. As announced in June 2011, Barry Callebaut acquired the industrial chocolate and compound production facility in Toluca from Chocolates Turin to further strengthen the company’s presence in fast-growing emerging markets. In January 2012, Barry Callebaut announced the expansion of the acquired factory based on the signing of a long-term outsourcing agreement with Grupo Bimbo.
Together with its chocolate factory in Monterrey (Mexico), the extension of the factory in Toluca marks an important cornerstone in Barry Callebaut’s strategy to expand into emerging markets that offer above-average growth opportunities. For Barry Callebaut, it makes Mexico the fourth biggest country in terms of liquid chocolate production capacity worldwide.
“We are very proud to further strengthen our local presence in Mexico with our state-of-the-art factory in Toluca, next to the country’s economic center. Moving closer to our customers puts us in an even better position to continue opening up the Mexican confectionery market. This attractive market is expected to grow significantly over the next years,” said Dave Johnson, President of Barry Callebaut’s Region Americas.
With an annual production capacity of around 65,000 tons, Toluca will be among the largest factories within Barry Callebaut’s global network, offering more than 140 jobs. Since fiscal year 2011/12, the total amount invested in the Toluca factory is approximately CHF 45 million ($48 million). Barry Callebaut’s new factory in Toluca integrates a high level of automation and meets the highest quality standards to guarantee maximum food safety.