US food ingredients giant Cargill today (28 May) opened a chocolate production facility in the Netherlands.

Cargill, which makes a range of confectionery ingredients for industry customers, has a built a chocolate coatings and fillings plant in Deventer. The EUR16m (US$22.3m) facility is on the site of its previous coatings factory.

The group said the investment “doubles Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s coatings capacity at Deventer and greatly expands its fillings capability”.

Christiaan Stumphius (pictured, left), commercial director for coatings and fillings at Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business, described the company’s facilities at Deventer as a “a true centre of expertise”.

He added: “We are proud to have … the flexible production capabilities to provide our customers with exactly what they want, when they want it.”