Barry Callebaut’s ‘The Chocolate Box’ Is Largest, Most Sustainable Chocolate Warehouse

Lokeren, Belgium — Cocoa and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut Group has opened ‘The Barry Callebaut Chocolate Box,’ its new Global Distribution Center. The company says The Chocolate Box is the world’s largest chocolate warehouse and will be the logistical hub for all packed Belgian chocolate and decorations products, produced in Barry Callebaut’s chocolate factories in Wieze and Halle, Belgium.

Repacking Area In The Barry Callebaut Chocolate Box

The Chocolate Box is the result of a partnership between Barry Callebaut, the real estate developer WDP and the city of Lokeren. The EUR 100 million ($116 million) investment is the largest to date by the company in its operations network. The Chocolate Box increases the efficiency of Barry Callebaut’s global logistics and will allow the group to serve customers even faster, the company maintains.

The warehouse located near the E17 highway, facilitating carrier transport throughout Western Europe and with direct access to the Port of Antwerp for global shipping. The fully automated high bay warehouse allows for up to 125,000 pallets to be stored at a constant temperature of 18°C.

Barry Callebaut notes The Chocolate Box is the first building in the Benelux with a “BREEAM Outstanding” certification, the highest standard in sustainable logistics. The building is fully energy-positive, as it can completely fulfill its own energy consumption. To achieve this certification, the newest techniques in sustainable building have been used: solar panels, air treatment groups, rain water and heat recovery, humidity control, insulation and geothermal energy. Employees have access to natural daylight throughout the building, zones for relaxation and storage facilities for e-bikes.

“The Chocolate Box is a milestone for Barry Callebaut. From Lokeren, all packed chocolate products — mainly under our Belgian chocolate brand Callebaut — will be shipped to the rest of the world. The Chocolate Box is an example of how we execute our smart growth strategy, increasing efficiency and serving our customers in a more sustainable way,” says Peter Boone, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group.