Barry Callebaut invests $18m in Singapore factory
It has added a third production line and a new warehouse in a CHF 18m ($18m) investment at its plant in Senoko South Road, near Woodlands.
Rising Asian demand
Barry Callebaut Group CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique said the company had a growing customer base in Asia Pacific.
The new chocolate chips/drops molding line allows production of products in different shapes and sizes to meet market requirements.
Barry Callebaut said in a release that 2,600 m2 of added warehouse space would allow it to deliver more quickly to market.
The bulk of production at the Singapore site is exported to local and multinational firms across Asia.
The 1.2 hectare site was Singapore’s first industrial chocolate factory, according to Barry Callebaut.
The supplier moved into the country in 1997 when it chose Singapore as its headquarters in the Asia Pacific region. Its sales office is based in Millenia Tower and the company has around 200 employees in the country.
Asian factories and Indonesia opening
Barry Callebaut operates nine factories in Asia Pacific located in Singapore, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The group this week opened its first chocolate factory in Indonesia following a long-term outsourcing agreement with GarudaFood Group.
The supplier already operates two cocoa factories in Bandung and Makassar
The 4,000 sq m chocolate site is on the premises of GarudaFood’s biscuit plant in Gresik and will initially employ around 50 people.