Chocolate and Cocoa product manufacturer Barry Callebaut announced on 9 June that it is expanding further into Latin America through a new long-term agreement with Levapan, a food ingredient supplier in Colombia. The said company has wide distribution networks in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and other countries.

This strategic supply agreement enables both companies to continue to drive strategic, long-term growth throughout Latin America. We will continue to drive expansion in the Americas to be the #1 chocolate partner for our customers.

Steve Woolley, President & CEO, Region Americas, Barry Callebaut.

The partnership will allow Levapan to expand its capacity and service offerings in Latin America, such as chocolate products from the global Barry Callebaut brands Mona Lisa®, Callebaut®, and Sicao®.

This is just the beginning of our expansion in North Latin America and the Caribbean. We have a strong growth ambition and are seizing the potential in these vital markets for our chocolate products.

Jesús Carlos Valencia, Managing Director of Barry Callebaut Group for Northern Latin America.

Since its foundation in 1956, Colombia-based company Levapan has been producing, marketing and distributing raw materials for the food industry, agribusiness, bakery and confectionery, gastronomy, vegetable and animal proteins and more in the Americas. It has presence in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Established in 1996 as a merger, Belgian-Swiss company Barry Callebaut manufactures chocolate and Cocoa products, from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing chocolates, fillings, decorations and compounds. It operates more than 60 production plants and employs a workforce of more than 13,000 people worldwide.

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