The Barry Callebaut Group, Zurich, recently completed the expansion of its Mona Lisa Chocolate Decorations factory in Hendersonville, NC. Major enhancements include the installation of a new molded cup line and a high-capacity, multipurpose decorator machine. In addition, total factory space increased from 40,892 square feet to 65,666 square feet.
The investment in the Mona Lisa factory expands Barry Callebaut’s chocolate decoration offerings for chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers and the entire foodservice industry, while accelerating the overall growth of its Gourmet & Specialties Products business.
“Since the acquisition of Mona Lisa Food Products Inc. in 2012, we have remained focused on furthering our global footprint in the chocolate decorations category,” says Beau Netzer, gourmet general manager at Barry Callebaut. “The expansion of the Mona Lisa line uniquely positions us as a dedicated supplier in the chocolate decorations category in the U.S., while helping us to reach new customer segments.”
The newly installed decorator machine will produce greater volumes and varieties of chocolate decorations to accommodate all customers. Expanded product capabilities include multicolored decorations with more intricate designs and shapes, and an assortment of filled inclusions.