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Below is a Press Release from Callebaut, explaining details about their "Growing Great Chocolate" campaign, which guarantees the sustainability of the cocoa that goes to produce their "Finest Belgium Chocolate" range.
HB Ingredients are proud to offer these products and we will be including "GGC" in the products description, making it easy to see which products this applies to.



News Release

Callebaut® shifts entire Finest Belgian Chocolate production to sustainable cocoa as from May 1st.

Growing Great Chocolate campaign strengthens promise of integral quality.

  • Growing Great Chocolate campaign underscores promise of integral quality, from bean to chocolate, and invites artisans to explore the fascinating story behind the chocolate they use.
  • Callebaut® takes decisive step into the future and shifts entire 'Finest Belgian Chocolate' production exclusively to sustainable cocoa.

Wieze/Belgium, April 27, 2012

Barry Callebaut's Gourmet brand Callebaut® has taken an important step into the future by launching its 'Growing Great Chocolate' campaign that shifts the entire production of the 'Finest Belgian Chocolate' to sustainable cocoa as from May 1st, 2012. Since 100 years already, Callebaut® is the preferred partner-chocolate brand for food professionals and craftsmen all over the world. As of today, the chocolate will be made exclusively with sustainable cocoa, which recognizes Callebaut® customers' requirements for high-quality chocolate that comes with a guarantee of sustainable cultivation. With the 'Growing Great Chocolate' campaign Callebaut® invites its customers to discover the fascinating story behind their trusted, high-quality chocolate, starting right at the bean.

Growing Great Chocolate: sharing a story of quality and sustainability.

With this new campaign, Callebaut® highlights the three most important characteristics of its chocolate, namely the use of sustainably grown cocoa, great taste and great workability, and invites chocolate artisans around the world to explore the exciting story from bean to chocolate behind the 'Finest Belgian Chocolate' they use.

"For Callebaut® that thrilling story starts right at the bean", says Pascale Meulemeester, Vice President Global Gourmet Brand Marketing. With Growing Great Chocolate we share with our customers the fascinating story behind our products. And we guarantee them that each bean used for producing this chocolate, comes from a sustainable cultivation."

More and more consumers want to know where their food comes from. They are interested in and eager to find out the story behind the products they buy. Therefore, 'Growing Great Chocolate', also encourages food professionals to share this story of great chocolate with their clients. Through different tools such as booklets, posters, labels and a special app for personalized advertising, Callebaut® customers can communicate their choice of sustainable chocolate to their clients. More information on these tools and the campaign can be found (At the moment, the website is only available in English; other languages will follow soon).


Great chocolate, today and tomorrow.

Through "Growing Great Chocolate" Callebaut actively supports farmer cooperatives in learning about and adopting innovative and modern agricultural practices, which are offered through farmer training programs in the field. Thus, Callebaut is able to ensure sustainable cocoa cultivation and helps to raise farmer's livelihoods. Moreover, Callebaut® also strives to improve the overall quality of life of the cocoa farmers and their families by offering them improved access to health care and education.


Great Taste & Workability.

Great taste doesn't only come with great cocoa beans. The local selection and sourcing plays an important role; but much also depends on the roasting and blending techniques. Today Callebaut® is the only Belgian chocolate couverture maker that still blends and roasts the cocoa beans itself. The unique expertise of Callebaut's Master Blenders and Roasters is passed on from generation to generation, guaranteeing a consistent taste and quality. Lastly, the extremely fine grinding and conching of the cocoa by Callebaut's experts contributes highly to the exquisite taste and workability of Callebaut's "Finest Belgian Chocolate". This makes Callebaut the only Belgian couverture chocolate maker that works across the entire value chain - from cocoa bean to the finished chocolate product - while guaranteeing the highest level of quality and transparent sourcing.


Barry Callebaut (

With annual sales of about CHF 4.6 billion (EUR 3.6 billion/USD 5.0 billion) for fiscal year 2010/11, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate product. Barry Callebaut is present in 27 countries, operates around 40 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food industry focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter with its two global brands Callebaut and Cacao Barry. Barry Callebaut is the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing. Cost leadership is another important reason why global as well as local food manufacturers work together with Barry Callebaut. Through its broad range of sustainability initiatives and research activities, the company works with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.


Contact for the media:

Pascale Meulemeester


Vice-President Global Gourmet Brand Marketing


Barry Callebaut


Phone: +32 53 730 132

Jan De Ceuster

Managing Director


Phone: +32 2 713 09 05