Barry Callebaut expands chocolate distribution in Latin America: 'This is just the beginning of our expansion'

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Photo Credit: GettyImages / Oliver Rossi

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Chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut has signed a long-term agreement with Colombian food ingredient supplier Levapan to expand its distribution to key parts of Latin America.

The partnership with Levapan, which specializes in production, marketing, and distribution of raw materials for the Latin American food industry, will give Barry Callebaut access to wide distribution networks in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and other countries within the region. 

The agreement will in turn allow Levapan to increase capacity and provide additional chocolate products to its customers from Barry Callebaut chocolate and cocoa brands including 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," ​said Jesús Carlos Valencia, managing director of Barry Callebaut Group for Northern Latin America.

"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,"​ commented Steve Woolley, president & CEO, region Americas, Barry Callebaut.

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