Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut’s acquisition of the ingredients division of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is set to strategically expand the company’s Specialties & Decorations business, particularly in North America. This move comes after another recent acquisition — that of D’Orsogna Dolciaria in Europe.
Acquiring the two ingredients companies, revealed Barry Callebaut, would mean boosting its strategic efforts to grow in the value-added Specialties & Decorations business. Gertrude Hawk Ingredients is largest division of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, a family-owned US company. This division develops new and innovative technology and processes to make ice-cream and baking inclusions.
Barry Callebaut added that Gertrude Hawk Ingredients is a leader in the
ingredients market with specialized capabilities and has created lasting partnerships with customers. Many of its ingredients and contract manufacturing products can be found in US brands and stores across the country.
With the acquisition of Gertrude Hawk Ingredients, Barry Callebaut will further extend its leading role in decoration and inclusion products for food manufacturers, particularly in the North American market. It will also allow the company to expand its portfolio with new technologies for shell moulding, panning and enrobing. There are also solutions for shaped inclusions and peanut butter chips — a very popular product in North America.
“The acquisition allows us to expand our product portfolio into new markets, and offer an even wider range of products and services than before,” said Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut. “Gertrude Hawk Ingredients will play a cornerstone role in our Specialty & Decorations business and we intend to further build on their team and their capabilities.”
Acquiring the two ingredients companies, revealed Barry Callebaut, would mean boosting its strategic efforts to grow in the value-added Specialties & Decorations business.