ground breaking at the new Barry Callebaut facility to be built in Brantford with partner Granite REIT

On September 27, 2022, Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest factory in Brantford on Bowery Road in the city’s northwest industrial area.

Barry Callebault is investing $104 million US in the factory that will employ about 200 workers once completed in early 2024 with an initial production capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes.

The Brantford plant will be the company’s first new North American factory built since 2008 and will become the second largest in the company’s Americas region, next to its facility in St. Hyacinthe, Que. It also has a plant in Chatham, Ont.

The Brantford facility will be focused on sugar-free, high protein, and other specialty chocolate products.

Barry Callebault is the largest manufacturer of chocolate cocoa products in the world and has 64 factories worldwide, producing roughly 2.2 million metric tonnes of chocolate yearly. Their chocolate is represented in one out of four chocolate products consumed today in the world. They employ more 13,000 people globally.

Industrial developer Granite Reit will be constructing the 410,000-square-foot facility in their Granite Telephone City Logistics Centre, which will represent about 25 per cent of the buildable area of their industrial park.