Minneapolis — Cargill, Inc. is launching its first Asian chocolate manufacturing operation through a partnership with a western Indian company that will help meet growing demand from the region.
Anticipated to be operational by mid-2021, the site will produce 10,000 tons of chocolate annually when it launches.
“Asia is a key growth market for Cargill. Opening a chocolate manufacturing operation in India allows us to increase our regional footprint and capabilities in Asia to better support the needs of our local Indian customers as well as multi-national customers in the region,” says Francesca Kleemans, managing director Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate Asia-Pacific. “It also demonstrates our commitment to supporting the local economy with the addition of 100 new manufacturing jobs.”
The supplier reports it is positioned to quickly develop and scale up its capabilities in the region to support future growth.
“Combining local insights from our experience and long-term presence as a food ingredient supplier in India with our global cocoa and chocolate expertise, we aim to become the leading supplier and trusted partner for our bakery, ice cream and confectionary customers in Asia, who will use our chocolate compounds, chips and paste to create products that will delight local palates,” Kleemans adds.