Leading US multinational Cargill has announced plans to build a new chocolate complex at its site in Mouscron, Belgium.
According to a press release from the multinational, the 700 sq m “House of Chocolate” complex will feature a “chocolate experience centre”, a pilot plant, a sensory lab and a creative workspace for Cargill’s European R&D team.
The firm said it aimed to create a space where consumers can experience the whole development process, from innovation through to training, testing and production.
Harold Poelma, president of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, said: “Innovation stands at the forefront of our House of Chocolate, as we bring together all our expertise and resources. It will allow us to collaborate with customers at every step of their product development journey, transforming ideas into reality using a streamlined approach to facilitate innovation and deliver greater efficiency and speed to market”.
The $21 million complex is already being built, with the pilot centre planned to open in A=autumn 2021. The experience centre and sensory lab is expected to start operating in January 2022.