Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has decided to install a second cocoa grinding line at its factory in Tema, Ghana, thereby doubling its current capacity from 30,000 to 60,000 tonnes annually.

The new grinding line is expected to be fully operational in August 2006, the company said.

Swiss-based Barry Callebaut opened its facility in Ghana in November 2001. The factory, which employs about 70 people and is ISO 9001 certified, processes locally bought cocoa beans into cocoa liquor and nibs.

"Over the last years we have been very pleased with our relationship with Ghana and, in particular, with the Ghana Cocoa Board. We therefore see this investment as proof of our continued commitment to Ghana and of our strategy to geographically diversify our sourcing activities further," said Patrick De Maeseneire, group CEO.