Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has said it is acquiring Dutch-Belgian firm Luijckx in order to boost its position in the gourmet market.

Barry Callebaut said Luijckx had sales of over €33m (US$35.3m) in 2002 and 240 employees. Barry Callebaut's gourmet and specialties business unit had sales of €286.2m in 2002.

Luijckx sells chocolate products and decoration mainly for professional users such as bakers, hotels and restaurants, reported Reuters.