Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new UK chocolate academy that will be used for exploring the latest trends, techniques and recipes in chocolate.
Located in Banbury, the revamped hub will provide Barry Callebaut customers, food manufacturers, as well as artisans and professional chocolatiers with improved facilities and support for training.
The facility is part of a global network of 23 Chocolate Academy Centers where professionals who want to improve their skills in chocolate and learn about new trends, techniques and recipes are trained.
In fiscal year 2018/19, more than 60,000 chocolate aficionados participated in these training sessions.
The new facility is one of 23 Barry Callebaut chocolate academies globally.
“Today’s chocolate consumer is on a constant hunt for new and innovative tastes and recipes. With the brand new Chocolate Academy Center Banbury and a fantastic team, we renew our promise to our customers to share our expertise and work even closely together to bring these premium and exciting innovations to the market,” said Vincenzo Mangano, sales director gourmet UK and Ireland, Barry Callebaut.
Richard Terme, general manager UK, Barry Callebaut, added: “The UK is a huge growth market, bursting with opportunity. The inauguration of this new Chocolate Academy Center in Banbury marks yet another milestone in our successful growth story in the UK and over the next years, we will continue to invest in our business and strengthen our collaboration with food manufacturing and artisanal customers in the UK.”
Last year, Barry Callebaut opened a chocolate academy and office in Beijing in a move to extend distribution to second-tier Chinese cities.
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