Chocolate maker invests $104 million in new factory

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A Zurich-based manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products will be the first tenant of a 1.7 million square foot “logistics center” in the Northwest Business Park.

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The Granite Telephone City Logistics Centre, launched by Granite REIT, a Canada-based real estate investment trust, with its leasing partner, JLL Canada, is currently under development at the business park, located along the Hardy Road-Oak Park Road corridor.

The initial phase of the development will include a 409,000 square foot building pre-leased to chocolatier Barry Callebaut. It will occupy almost a quarter of the total area of ​​the logistics center.

The company plans to invest $104 million in its Bowery Road chocolate factory, which will produce sugar-free, protein-rich chocolate products and other specialty products.

The plant, Barry Callebaut’s first new North American site since 2008, is expected to be operational by 2024 and create approximately 200 jobs. The site will include both offices for corporate operations and a processing facility.

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The Barry Callebaut Group operates more than 60 production facilities worldwide, including those in Chatham, Ontario. and Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and employs more than 13,000 people.

Barry Callebaut’s website says a groundbreaking ceremony for Brantford will be held on September 27.

An announcement posted on the City of Brantford’s website said “increasing interest from investors and tenants confirms the need for space in the market and the growing potential of the area.”

“We are thrilled to be part of the growth of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a thriving location that is expected to experience significant growth in the near term,” said Kevan Gorrie, President and CEO of Granite REIT. “We are proud to offer new state-of-the-art facilities to help local, national and international businesses grow in the region and positively impact the market for years to come.”

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Mayor Kevin Davis said the city is happy to welcome Barry Callebaut to the community.

“City staff have worked diligently to bring this new investment to our city and will continue to help Barry Callebaut establish its presence in Brantford,” said Davis. “We look forward to them joining our growing list of food manufacturing facilities.”

Brantford is already home to the manufacturing plant of another major chocolate maker, Ferrero Canada, and the Hershey distribution center on Bowery Road.

“Brantford is home to some of the industry’s best food and beverage manufacturers committed to product, process and technology innovation,” said Sara Munroe, the city’s director of economic development and tourism. “Barry Callebaut’s investment illustrates the confidence in this city’s support of this vital sector that is so important to boosting both our local and provincial economy.

Mitchell Blaine, Executive Vice President of Sales and Leasing for JLL Canada, said, “Brantford’s availability rate is extremely low at 0.95%.

“That means there’s little space for businesses to grow,” Blaine said. “We are committed to helping businesses grow in this desirable market, access a strong labor pool, solidify the Greater Golden Horseshoe region as a premier manufacturing and distribution destination. »

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Virginia C. Taylor