Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG opened its first chocolate factory in Indonesia to supply chocolate to GarudaFood Group after entering into a long-term outsourcing agreement with the company. The terms involve supplying at least 10,000 tons of compound chocolate annually to GarudaFood, according to Barry Callebaut.
The new three-story, 4,000-square-meter factory is built on the premises of GarudaFood’s biscuit plant in Gresik and initially will employ about 50 people.
“The new chocolate factory in Gresik marks an important cornerstone in Barry Callebaut’s strategy to strengthen our position as a leader in all key markets in Asia Pacific. It also enables us to grow our already significant presence in Indonesia — an important emerging market with about 260 million people that offers above avergage growth opportunities,” says Antoine de Saint-Affrique, Barry Callebaut CEO.
GraudaFood CEO Hardianto Atmadja says that “the chocolate production lines at the Barry Callebaut factory allow us to focus our manufacturing facilities in Indonesia on biscuits and strengthen the factory as a key competence center for our biscuit products in Indonesia.”
Barry Callebaut’s presence in Asia traces back to 1997 when the company opened its first chocolate factory in Singapore. Across Asia, the company now operates five chocolate factories in China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, three cocoa factories (two in Indonesia and one in Malaysia) and one combined factory in Malaysia.