23 October 2012

Zurich-based Barry Callebaut to invest US$14 million in a new facility in Santiago de Chile

- Barry Callebaut and Arcor-Dos en Uno sign a long-term outsourcing agreement 


Santiago de Chile/Chile, Zurich/Switzerland - 23 October 2012 – Barry Callebaut AG, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, and Industria de Alimentos dos en Uno S.A., a company of the Arcor Group, a leading manufacturer of sugar confectionery, cookies, chocolate, ice cream and other food products in South America, today announced the signing of a long-term outsourcing agreement. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Barry Callebaut will provide Arcor-Dos en Uno with its requirements for outsourced liquid compound and chocolate products. Arcor-Dos en Uno manufactures products for the domestic Chilean market and exports to the Andean region (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay and Paraguay). The parties agreed not to disclose any further terms of the agreement. 

As a result of the agreement, Barry Callebaut will invest CHF 13 million (EUR 10.8 million / USD 14 million) for the construction of a new facility in Santiago de Chile (Chile). The production capacity of the facility will be 20,000 tonnes per annum, which will meet Arcor-Dos en Uno’s requirements, as well as supplying other regional customers while offering potential for further growth. The facility will be opened in early 2014 and deliveries to Arcor Chile will start immediately thereafter. 

Juergen Steinemann, Chief Executive Officer of Barry Callebaut, said: “This is a very important milestone as it is our first long-term outsourcing agreement in South America, which will support Barry Callebaut's business expansion in the region. With our new factory in Santiago de Chile, we continue to expand our manufacturing footprint in South America, in order to tap the region's promising growth potential.” 

Arcor is the number 1 food products manufacturer of Argentina. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of candies and the main exporter of confectionery of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. Arcor has 40 manufacturing plants distributed throughout Latin America (29 in Argentina, 5 in Brazil, 4 in Chile, 1 in Mexico and 1 in Peru). It specializes in the production of sugar confectionery, cookies and crackers, chocolates, ice creams and other foodstuff. Bagley Latinoamérica S.A., Arcor and Danone’s joint venture for the cookies and crackers, ‘alfajores’ and cereal bars business was created in 2004. Arcor’s daily production volume amounts to 3 million kilograms (6.6 million pounds). The company is present in more than 120 countries worldwide. Currently, Arcor employs 20,000 people and has a turnover of 3.1 billion dollars in 2011. In the chocolate business, Arcor has six industrial units in Latin America. Its products are distributed in more than 100 countries. 

With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0 billion) for fiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries, operates around 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of about 6,000 people. 

Source: Barry Callebaut