Cargill has invested €12 million in its chocolate production facility in Mouscron, Belgium in response to growing consumer demand for premium chocolate products.
The investment will pay for the installation of a new liquid chocolate production line at the facility by the end of 2018, increasing the company’s ability to produce milk and chocolate products.
Cargill’s Mouscron site processes dark and milk chocolate in both liquid and solid forms for manufacturers of confectionery, biscuits, bakery items, ice-cream and artisanal products.
150 people are currently employed at the site, and the company says that the investment will create an additional ten roles at the facility.
Inge Demeyere, managing director for Cargill’s chocolates and compound activities in Europe said: “Indulgence is a key driver of the demand for premium chocolate.
“With the new production line, we will be able to better meet Belgium’s chocolate needs – and offer more quality Belgian chocolate to customers in other global markets who want to benefit from the country’s world-class reputation.
“At Cargill, we are fully committed to our long-term growth in the Belgian chocolate market.”
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