Canadian food group SunOpta has expanded capacity at its value-added organic and speciality cocoa processing facility in The Netherlands.

The facility, located in Middenmeer, north of Amsterdam, processes internationally sourced cocoa beans into cocoa liquor, butter and powder. Expansion, however, was needed to accommodate the company’s growing organic and speciality cocoa business that has historically been processed by third parties, SunOpta said.

The operation will ramp up production and volume over the balance of 2013, it said, without revealing to what level.

“This expansion is consistent with our strategy of becoming a pure play natural and organic foods company, aggressively growing our value-added ingredients and consumer packaged foods portfolio, and leveraging our integrated platform,” said CEO Steve Bromley. “This dedicated organic and speciality cocoa facility adds to our value-added processing capabilities in our international foods group and increases our capacity to service this fast growing market segment.”