Maersk has recently partnered with Barry Callebaut Group, manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products, to build and operate a cocoa bean warehousing and dispatching facility in Malaysia.
A ground-breaking ceremony of this dedicated facility was held in Pasir Gudang, in Johor, Malaysia on 18 May 2023. The new multi-storey facility encompassing 45,451 sq.metre area and is one of the largest cocoa bean warehouses in Southeast Asia. It is also located just 1km away from Barry Callebaut’ cocoa processing factory in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia.
The warehouse supports Barry Callebaut’s strategic growth to continuously provide high quality cocoa and chocolate products and services to their customers in Malaysia and Asia Pacific region. According to Elie Fouche, Vice President Cocoa for Region Asia Pacific, “The new warehouse allows us to have better control over our cocoa bean qualities and this ultimately supports our ambitious growth plans in the region.”
It is also a testament of Maersk’s ambition to expand current ocean and landside logistics service into an integrated end-to-end logistics solution for its customers. Since January 2022, Maersk has connected Barry Callebaut’s supply chain from cocoa growing origins in Africa to the factories in Asia Pacific.
The Built-To-Suit warehousing and dispatching facility is expected to be completed by the end of first half 2024. It will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions like solar panel roofs, LED lights and natural ventilation, which improve the environmental footprint.
Swiss-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products with sales exceeding CHF 8.1 billion in fiscal year 2021/2022.