Cargill has started work on doubling the production capacity of a chocolate manufacturing site in Belgium.

The US agribusiness group said it wanted to increase the capacity of liquid chocolate, as well as solid chocolate "drops and chunks" at the plant in Mouscron.

New production lines will be up and running next summer, Cargill said. The US$48m investment will lead to the creation of around new 40 jobs over the next two years, it added. The plant employs 78 staff.

"With this investment, Cargill demonstrates its commitment to providing our customers with a broader and more bespoke service and enlarged range of chocolate recipes to meet their individual needs," Jos de Loor, president of Cargill's cocoa and chocolate arm, said.