Barry Callebaut has opened a cocoa facility in Indonesia through its venture with local exporter P.T. Comextra Majora.

The Swiss B2B chocolate and cocoa supplier said the new site in the city of Makassar would help it serve customers in a region where demand was growing “rapidly”.

The plant will have a grinding capacity of 30,000 tonnes a year. P.T. Comextra Majora will supply beans to the facility.

The project was outlined two years ago when Barry Callebaut and P.T. Comextra Majora announced their joint venture.

Barry Callebaut said the new site would strengthen its growing network in Asia Pacific, where it made a major acquisition earlier this year.

In June, Barry Callebaut finalised a deal to buy the cocoa ingredients operations of Singapore’s Petra Foods, leaving it with four cocoa and four chocolate factories in Asia Pacific, as well as the new Makassar facility.

“Together with earlier investments and the recently acquired cocoa factories from Petra Foods in Asia, we are able to offer the best factory structure and support in a region where demand for quality cocoa and chocolate products is growing rapidly,” CEO Juergen Steinemann said.