Barry Callebaut acquires Europe Chocolate Company in Belgium

The Barry Callebaut Group, manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian privately-owned B2B manufacturer of chocolate specialties and decorations. The integration will start as of now.

Wim Debedts, Vice President Food Manufacturers Western Europe at Barry Callebaut said: “We are pleased to close this acquisition and very happy to welcome the ECC team to the family. Their unique know-how and ECC’s highly flexible manufacturing facility will help us to supply a wide variety of customers with highly customised chocolate specialties and decorations.”

The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the transaction, which was first announced on June 24, 2021.

Together with Nestlé and Proforest, Barry Callebaut recently announced they are taking the next big step by launching a scorecard to define and develop the previously underestimated issue of sustainable practices in coconut production. The company released a statement on its website which read:

At Barry Callebaut, our mission is to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. As part of our Forever Chocolate plan we have a commitment on all ingredients that go into our chocolate. This means taking into account the sustainability of every aspect of our supply chain, including coconuts. Coconut is a key ingredient in many of our products, which is why we decided to develop a coconut sustainability framework to drive change in this industry.

Image credit: Barry Callebaut
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