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Barry Callebaut introduces plant-based chocolate line

Barry Callebaut introduces ‘Plant Craft’, a wide range of dairy-free and vegan ingredients, and unveiled a dairy-free production facility.


March 5, 2020
By Bakers Journal


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Barry Callebaut, the manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced the introduction of the 100 per cent dairy-free ‘M_lk Chocolate’ as part of plant-based initiative. The new chocolate satisfies the growing demand for plant-based indulgence, particularly among millennials and centennials. The new chocolate is part of a wider portfolio of ‘Plant Craft’ products ranging from chocolate, cocoa, nuts and fillings to decorations.

The launch comes at a time when sustainability-conscious consumers are increasingly adopting a ‘flexitarian’ or ‘freegan’ lifestyle – navigating seamlessly between plant-based products one day and animal products the next, or taking part in milestones like ‘Veganuary ’– January as a month of an exclusively vegan diet – to reduce their carbon footprint.

The new, dairy-free ‘M_lk Chocolate’ has a creamy mouthfeel and has the typical milk chocolate flavour and texture. It is made with an ingredient of natural origin, exclusively available to Barry Callebaut. It took a Barry Callebaut R&D team two years to develop.

“The next generation of consumers is looking for experiences that are tasty, good for them and good for the planet. With that in mind, we aim to accompany the industry in this plant-based revolution,” commented Pablo Perversi, chief innovation, sustainability and quality officer and Head of Gourmet at Barry Callebaut in a press release. “With more than 175 years of experience in mastering chocolate, creating indulgent experiences is at the heart of what we do. Through this innovation, we’re proud to offer chocolate creations with all of the creaminess consumers love, 100 per cent dairy-free.

To support artisans and brands across the world in creating plant-based indulgent experiences, Barry Callebaut introduces ‘Plant Craft’, a wide range of dairy-free and vegan ingredients: chocolates, cocoa powders, nut products from paste to fillings as well as decorations.

To bring these plant-based products to market, Barry Callebaut has developed a unique European footprint of fully-segregated dairy-free production facilities, including a state-of-the-art chocolate factory in Norderstedt, Germany. The new factory will be the manufacturer’s first facility capable of supplying dairy-free chocolate to the European market, with annual production capacity expected to reach tens of thousands of tons. The factory will be opened as a dairy-free facility in the first half of 2021.

The new range of dairy-free chocolate, cocoa and nut products will equip industry confectioners with everything needed to create indulgent dairy-free creations. Brands and artisans can benefit from the support of the new ‘Plant Craft’ hub on www.barry-callebaut.com, which serves as a source of inspiration and expert support to develop delicious plant-based creations by offering recipes, industry trend trackers and recommendations from chefs. Technical advisers will also be on hand to help with flavour pairing and workability.