After pink chocolate, Barry Callebaut introduces an e-learning platform


Swiss group Barry Callebaut, with its French and Belgian origins, has decided to launch an e-learning platform for chocolate making. The announcement was made during the State visit of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde to Canada, when the Queen and some ministers visited one of Barry Callebaut's training centres in Montreal.

The "Chocolate Academy" aims to teach chefs and chocolatiers (i.e. professionals) new skills and techniques for making chocolate. In total, no fewer than twenty physical centres will open, the 21st being digital.

Barry Callebaut, which now has its headquarters in Zurich, was created in 1996 after the merger between the Belgian Callebaut and the French Cacao Barry. There are still several production sites in Belgium, notably in Halle and Wieze (western Flanders). The company, which recently launched its new pink chocolate, "Ruby", supplies a significant quantity of chocolate to the Belgian food sector, which each year exports approximately 8 million kilogrammes of chocolate to Canada.