Cargill completes acquisition of German chocolate business
Mouscron, Belgium (June 1 2011) – Cargill has today completed the acquisition of the assets and business of Schwartauer Werke GmbH & Co. KG Kakao Verarbeitung Berlin, ("KVB"), the integrated cocoa and chocolate company. Already the world's leading processor of cocoa, this acquisition means that Cargill now becomes the leading provider of industrial chocolate in Germany, Europe's largest chocolate market.
KVB's two production plants, based in Berlin, will complement Cargill's existing German cocoa and chocolate facilities in Klein Schierstedt and Hamburg, as well as its network of facilities in Europe, Brazil, Africa and the United States. These two plants will expand Cargill's production capacity by over 75,000 metric tonnes of chocolate per year, as well as increasing its workforce by approximately 180 employees.
"We are delighted that this acquisition has been completed and that KVB is now officially part of Cargill," commented Jos de Loor, Managing Director Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate. "This acquisition marks a significant step in Cargill's cocoa and chocolate growth strategy in Europe and secures our German market leadership position to serve our customers across a broad range of food categories with chocolate products."
The integration of KVB into Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business will begin immediately. The combination of Cargill's expertise in production, origination, and management of price risk coupled with KVB's capabilities, professional workforce and customer base, will create an enhanced cocoa and chocolate house that will offer customers – across a broad spectrum of food ingredient categories – innovative solutions and specialty products.
De Loor added: "We are excited to welcome the employees of KVB into our Cargill family and we look forward to working closely with KVB's customers. This business will support our continued growth in Europe and our intention is to invest in our combined capabilities to provide all our customers with superior choice, high quality and extended market reach."
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