Barry Callebaut To Boost Ivory Coast Cocoa Grinding Capacity

ABIDJAN – Switzerland’s Barry Callebaut plans to boost the annual grinding capacity of its facilities in Ivory Coast to 230,000 tonnes from 170,000 tonnes by 2022, CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique said on state-owned broadcaster RTI.

The company plans to invest around 30 billion CFA francs ($53 million) in the upgrades from next year, he said during a ceremony over the weekend.

Barry Callebaut will double capacity at the Abidjan facility of its local unit Société Africaine de Cacao (SACO) from 50,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes. It will upgrade its factory in the port city of San Pedro for an additional 10,000 tonnes of installed capacity, taking it up to 130,000 tonnes.

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