16 December 2013

Cargill invests $48 million in chocolate production facility in Mouscron, Belgium

Mouscron, Belgium – 16 December 2013 – Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business broke ground today on a U.S. $48 million (€35 million) investment to double the capacity of its Belgian chocolate production facility in Mouscron over the next two years. The new production lines will be operational in summer 2014 and will lead to the creation of approximately new 40 jobs over the next two years. 

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business provides its customers with a large variety of Belgian chocolates, including custom made recipes and chocolate of sustainable origin. The investment will increase capacity of both liquid dark or milk chocolate and solid chocolate drops and chunks. The new facility will source raw materials like cocoa butter from Cargill’s integrated cocoa processing plants in The Netherlands and in France.

“With this investment, Cargill demonstrates its commitment to providing our customers with a broader and more bespoke service and enlarged range of chocolate recipes to meet their individual needs,” said Jos de Loor, president, Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate. “The extension of our state-of-the-art facility in Mouscron along with our food ingredient expertise will support our cocoa and chocolate growth strategy.”

Cargill was established in Belgium via a grain importing office in Antwerp in 1953. It now has over 1000 employees in nine locations: Antwerp (two locations), Izegem, Gent, Herent, Vilvoorde, Mechelen, Mouscron and Villers-le-Bouillet. The company has a number of different and diverse operations in the country, including the production of food ingredients and the processing, distribution and trading of a variety of agricultural products. Cargill’s European Headquarters for its food businesses and Cargill's R&D Centre Europe, Cargill’s primary technical centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa are also located in Belgium.

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate offers the food industry a wide range of both standard and customised cocoa and chocolate ingredients to be used in bakery, confectionery, and dairy applications all over the world. It has facilities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Ghana, the Netherlands, UK and the USA. 

Source: Cargill