Swiss Barry Callebaut Group, manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has signed an agreement to acquire Europe Chocolate Company (ECC), a Belgian privately-owned manufacturer of chocolate specialties and decorations.
The acquisition will expand Barry Callebaut’s chocolate molding capabilities and allow the group to offer tailor-made solutions as well as cater to the increasing demand.
Founded in 1993, ECC manufactures a wide range of industrial specialty chocolates and decorations such as batons, curls, chunks, leaves, and shavings, supplying a large portfolio of clients.
Wim Debedts, vice president of food manufacturers Western Europe at Barry Callebaut said, “We have a long-standing relationship with ECC and strongly believe in the growth opportunities of highly customized industrial specialty chocolate ingredients. The acquisition will help us to further broaden our market position thanks to ECC’s unique know-how and its highly flexible manufacturing facility in Belgium”.
Eric Van Tichelen, managing director of ECC, added, “I am very proud of the specialty chocolate business we have built from scratch over the past close to 30 years. Joining the Barry Callebaut family will enable and accelerate ECC’s growth with access to new customers, new geographies via a broad sales network, helping to accentuate our unique proposition”.
Source: Barry Callebaut press release