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Europe: Cargill expands production facility in Belgium

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business broke ground on a US$48 million investment to double the capacity of its Belgian chocolate production facility in Mouscron over the next two years.

The additional capacity will meet growing demand for chocolate in confectionary, bakery, dairy and artisanal applications from European customers.

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business provides its customers with a 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.

The new production lines will be operational in summer 2014 and will create about 40 jobs over the next two years.

Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate facilities in Belgium are part of its wider cocoa and chocolate network in Western Europe, Africa, Brazil, Canada and the US.