Kalmthout, Belgium — Cargill, Inc. is expanding its Kalmthout, Belgium, chocolate facility with a production line and chocolate tanks, the supplier reports.
“This investment strengthens the extended gourmet chocolate offerings that we acquired with Cargill’s purchase of Smet in 2019,” says Inge Demeyere, managing director of Cargill’s chocolate activities in Europe. “With the complementary offering of Veliche gourmet couvertures and Smet decorations, we are able to provide additional choice and meet increased demand in the gourmet segment, including our industrial customers.”
The expansion will bring 12 new jobs to the plant, and allows for greater flexibility in production, according to Cargill, which notes additional chocolate tanks will improve dedicated storage and piping.
“With Smet, a leading Belgium-based supplier of chocolate and sweets decoration, we have worked hard to uphold our customer’s trust, ensuring deep customer intimacy and high speed-to-market with new decoration technology, enhanced production capabilities and a wide-ranging product portfolio,” Demeyere adds.