Barry Callebaut restarts chocolate factory in early August – Companies

Barry Callebaut will start up the chocolate factory in Wieze in stages in early August. The removal of the chocolate involved and the cleaning of the installations after the previously found salmonella contamination are progressing ‘progress’, the company stated in a press release on Friday. After a few weeks, the factory was to run at full capacity again.

‘Today we can announce that the clean-up of the salmonella-affected chocolate and the cleaning of our installations are progressing well. As a result of our efforts, we will be able to restart the first lines at our chocolate factory in Wieze in early August, “adds Korneel Warlop, spokesman for Barry Callebaut.

The start-up will be gradual. “It is about a phased start-up with more lines and therefore more production capacity that comes into operation every week. We anticipate that this process will take several weeks before we can once again utilize the full capacity of our Wieze plant. ‘

According to the spokesman, the scope of the cleaning operation is ‘unseen’. Wieze is the largest chocolate factory in the world with 24 production lines and ten ‘shaping lines’. ‘In total, more than 30 kilometers of pipeline need to be cleaned. We also have 120 storage tanks – each with 20 tons of liquid chocolate – which are manually emptied, cleaned and disinfected. More than 200 pumps, fittings, valves and so on must all be cleaned, disinfected and checked ‘, says Warlop.

By the end of June, the company had announced that production in Wieze had been halted following the discovery of the contamination in a production batch. Production was stopped on June 29 after the contamination was discovered at the production lot two days earlier. All chocolate products produced after June 25 were blocked.

It turned out later that the contamination came from a lot of lecithin, a raw material used as an emulsifier in the food industry. The raw material came from Hungary, the food agency FASFC reported. An emulsifier, for example, ensures that water and fat remain mixed.

‘Today we can announce that the clean-up of the salmonella-affected chocolate and the cleaning of our installations are progressing well. As a result of our efforts, we will be able to restart the first lines of our chocolate factory in Wieze in early August, “adds Korneel Warlop, spokesman for Barry Callebaut. The start-up will be gradual.” stage start-up with more lines and therefore more production capacity coming into operation every week.We anticipate that this process will take several weeks before we can use the full capacity again at our Wieze factory.’The size of the cleaning operation is’ unprecedented ‘, according to the spokesman. Wieze is the largest chocolate factory in the world with 24 production lines and ten’ forming lines’. “In total, more than 30 kilometers of pipeline need to be cleaned. ‘more than 200 pumps, fittings, valves and so on must all be cleaned, disinfected and checked’, says Warlop. At the end of June the company had announced that production in Wieze was have been stopped after the discovery of the pollution in a production lot. Production was stopped on June 29 after the contamination was discovered at the production lot two days earlier. All chocolate products produced after June 25 were blocked. It turned out later that the contamination came from a lot of lecithin, a raw material used as an emulsifier in the food industry. The raw material came from Hungary, the food agency FASFC reported. An emulsifier, for example, ensures that water and fat remain mixed.

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