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Cargill upgrades Netherlands cocoa processing facility with $82m investment

FBR Staff Writer Published 20 April 2012

American agribusiness company Cargill has unveiled the $82m upgrade to its cocoa processing facility in Wormer, the Netherlands.

As a part of the upgrade, the company has opened a new Center of Expertise for cocoa and increased the cocoa powder production capacity at its Wormer facility. The upgrade is expected to strengthen the company's ability to offer customers greater product innovation and increased levels of service.

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate managing director Jos de Loor said the investment will providing the customers a broader and more bespoke service to meet their individual needs.

"This new world-class facility, along with our existing network and our food ingredient expertise will support our cocoa and chocolate growth strategy," Loor added.

According to the company, the upgrade is in response to growing customer demand for high quality cocoa powders that are tailor-made to individual customer specifications.

The Wormer facility processes cocoa liquor into cocoa butter and powder, offering customers globally over 100 types of cocoa powder with a diverse variety of flavors and colors under the premium Gerkens brand.

The new Center of Expertise features an ISO 17025 accredited quality control laboratory, a pilot plant for product and process development, as well as an expanded expert taste panel to support sensorial evaluation for cocoa liquor and powder products.

The investment has also enabled Cargill to open a new, fully automated cocoa powder warehouse and distribution center in the port of Amsterdam with very high food quality and safety standards.