Cocoa processor and chocolate giant, Barry Callebaut organised a ceremony to announce construction of a new, state-of-the-art, cocoa facility in Durán, Ecuador.
Once built, the facility will receive, dry, clean and store cocoa beans, and prepare them for export to their factories in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.
With this state-of-the-art infrastructure, we are making a long term commitment to the country and its cocoa producing sector. Our team is looking forward to moving into the new premises, further developing business relations with existing and new partners and enhancing our sustainability programs with the Ecuadorian cocoa farmers.
Angela Gubser, Managing Director Ecuador
The site will also house more than 40 employees directly on site. This is a practice that seems to have been learned from the Chinese manufacturers. The practice has been a model that has come under some criticism by some western countries and human rights groups who say that the facilities are limited, and are designed for maximum productivity, without much regard for the employees mental wellbeing.
Hopefully, Barry Callebaut will build an environment that supports a decent quality of life for their workers, rather than the human farms that we have seen at some factories in China.
The significant investment into this project in Ecuador shows their commitment to further develop the value chain of this fast growing cocoa producing country, Barry Callebaut said.
As a global leader in the cocoa and chocolate industry, we are excited about the opportunities associated with Ecuador cocoa bean production as well as its great growth potential. We are proud to continue investing in a country where we have been present since 2007.
Steven Retzlaff, President Global Cocoa
Barry Callebaut has been sourcing cocoa from Ecuador since 1996. The cocoa is used for products such as Carma Milk Ecuador, Callebaut Origine Ecuador and Cacao Barry Équateur.
Ecuador is the third-largest cocoa producer in the world behind Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. It is well known for the cultivation of “Cacao Nacional”, also known as Arriba, a flowery-fruity flavored variety of cocoa.
The cultivation of the more recent, highly productive, CCN51 variety has increased significantly in recent years to help it gain its position today.